The first great song of 2012 has arrived! And it’s no surprise it’s by Grimes. Listen to Genesis here:

http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/12927-genesis/

Meanwhile, the talented artist has to push back the premiere of her extra-anticipated LP Visions. The good news is she has signed to 4AD. Read more:

http://pitchfork.com/news/44967-grimes-signs-to-4ad-listen-to-new-track-genesis-from-visions/

If the whole album will be as good as Oblivion and Genesis, Visions will kill!!!!!!!!!!!!

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One of my darlings, Grimes, is to release her third album Visions on January 31 next year. This is going to be fucking massive. Check out the tracklist below:

http://pitchfork.com/news/44309-new-release-grimes-visions/

There’s also a short interview. Grimes on Vanessa video: The budget was $60, which all went to alcohol. LOL Don’t forget to listen to her new song Oblivion. Click:

http://www.pitchfork.com/features/rising/8689-grimes/

Grimes returns! The enigmatic singer and mastermind behind one of the best albums of 2010 (Geidi Primes and Halfaxa, both 5/5) has released a split EP with fellow artist d’Eon entitled Darkbloom. And once again she delivers a flawless set. It opens with Orphia, a short intro, followed by two really awesome tracks. Both Vanessa and Crystal Ball come as close to pop as nothing she has ever recorded. Instantly catchy, these songs brilliantly expand her catalogue. Grimes’ power lies in her ability to combine pop sensibility with an experimentalist’s nature. She is truly one of the hottest players on the electronica scene right now. The four tracks by d’Eon don’t even get near Grimes’ genius. They are no shit, however. Tongues is an interesting and “nervous” track but it is Transparency that shows d’Eon at his best. A tale of ghosts’ love life, inspired by both Tibetan music and symbolism, is a fine ending of this wonderful EP.

hydrameter: 5/5

Key Tracks: Crystal Ball, Hedra, Orphia, Tongues, Transparency, Urban Twilight, Vanessa

Watch Crystal Ball: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bWmLFaJA-Q

Call it what you want: dream pop, witch house, post-Internet even. It doesn’t change the fact that Grimes not only managed to impress with a follow-up to Geidi Primes but she did it the very same year. Hard to tell if Halfaxa is better. For sure the album is more ethereal, nocturnal. This time Grimes put emphasis on atmospherics, not beats. As strange and beautiful dream as it is, Claire’s vocals keep us awake (Sagrad being a good example). The record climaxes with Dream Fortress, a haunting, parallel universe pop song with Arabic influences. On World ♡ Princess Grimes creates countless layers of her voice and ends up sounding like a choir of ghouls. ≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈ is sinister and witnesses some witches dancing for the devil. My Sister Says the Saddest Things officially broke my heart. Listening to Halfaxa is like exploring a dark cave: not everybody will feel comfortable here.

hydrameter: 5/5

Key Tracks: ≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈, Dream Fortress, My Sister Says the Saddest Things, World ♡ Princess (to name but a few; there are no lows here)

Listen to My Sister Says the Saddest Things: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43Vs8WXz0TE

Grimes is Claire Boucher and she has enough power to save pop music. Released on a cassette and limited to 30 copies (later as a free download), Geidi Primes manifest a rare talent. Obscure and primitive, these 11 tracks build a confusing landscape of beats, samples and Grimes’ attempts to play instruments (she has had no training). The most bewitching feature is Claire’s vocal: ghostly, volatile, inspiring. She can be everyone, from Chinese opera singer (Sardaukar Levenbrech) to Mariah Carey (Feyd Rautha Dark Heart). The standout is undoubtedly Rosa, a guitar ballad with some great drum beating and Grimes’ melancholic prayer for the next ice age. Listened to this dozens of times and can’t find a filler. It’s simply amazing she did so much on a debut album. It’s scary and fascinating to think what will come in the (near) future from this talented being.

hydrameter: 5/5

Key Tracks: Rosa, Sardaukar Levenbrech (but honestly, all of the tracks are equally superb)

Listen to Rosa: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5zDCfsptWk