Grimes Makes Us Move With Her Grooves


I found out about Grimes when I saw the music video for “Oblivion” and couldn’t get enough of her. There was something mesmerizing about her vocals and even more intriguing about the simplicity of her music, relying on layer upon layer of fuzzed out synth lines piled on top of each other.

Since bursting onto the scene, Grimes armed with only a synthesizer and voice to die for, has become a rising star in the indie music scene. Her look is constantly changing and it is hard to tell what kind of performance she’ll put on. All I know is this Canadian musician has won a place in my heart of hearts.

What makes her music so catchy?

There is something nostalgic about the sounds her synth spits out. The melodies trail off into nothingness with her faint vocals into distant worlds. Before she lets us get carried off into a indie head bobbing zone, the beat comes in. Grimes embraces the whimsy of music, creating something magical and timeless.

But she hasn’t stopped yet. Her first album, Geidi Primes, caught the attention of music magazine Pitchfork. Although it was more naive, being her debut album, she has sent taken charge of both her sound and image.

Grimes Smoking

Her unique image comes with an even more unique perspective on music. She’s found a place in the electronic world, preferring the simplicity of electronic instruments over playing guitar or drums.

In an October interview with the Chicago Tribune, Grimes explained, “I didn’t own any instruments and wasn’t really able to play anything,” she says. “I didn’t see the point of getting instruments if I could make fake guitars and drums on the computer. It has more possibilities: you turn the sub bass up, create a sine wave, and play with the wave form.”

I have already listened to her albums Halfaxa and Darkbloom. Both have drawn me in and I’m excited to see what 2013 will hold. Grimes’ sound has been transforming each album so perhaps she’ll throw a curve ball with her next release.



New Bjork Remix Album Stands Strong

New Bjork Album Bastards

Bjork is a force unto herself. She stepped into the music scene and brought with her a wave of change and transformation, turning simple performances into extravagant experiences. Few can forget the impression she made with the infamous swan dress.

So when I heard Bjork was releasing a new album entitled Bastards that would feature remixes of her seventh studio album, Biophilia, I couldn’t contain my glee. Generally remixes aren’t my thing but hearing other artists interpret Bjork’s very unique voice is hard for me to pass up.

For those of who aren’t caught up, Biophilia was Bjork’s exploration of sound through apps. She wanted a project that would turn a passive listening experience into one that nurtured interactions. Songs like “Virus” let listeners explore the destructive journey or a cell and virus in app form. What other artists on the scene can say they’ve got an album of apps?

The release of Bastards is the latest interpretation of Bjork’s studio album and the third remix album she’s released.

Björk Bastards Cover Art

But even more good news has come from the singer since she wrapped up work on the Biophilia album. After many months of being forced to cancel tours because of vocal nodules, Bjork finally put the past behind her. On November 21, 2012 Bjork released the following on her website:

“few years ago doctors found a vocal polyp on me chords … i decided to go the natural way and for 4 years did stretches and tackled it with different foods and what not . then they discovered better technology and i got tempted into hi tech lazer stuff and i have to say , in my case anyway : surgery rocks ! i stayed quiet for 3 weeks and then started singing and definitely feel like my chords are as good as pre nodule ! it´s been very satisfying to sing all them clear notes again . im sorry i had to cancel stuff earlier in the year , didnt want to talk about this until i knew for sure if it would work . so looking forward to singing for you in 2013 all the warmth ,björk.”

I’ve been a fan of Bjork since high school so I can’t wait to hear her sing again with her full range.

Have you listened to Biophilia or Bastards? Both have their own charm and certainly show how much Bjork has developed since releasing Volta.



A Girl and Her Guitar: St. Vincent

Can’t believe no one told me about this guitar wielding super human before now. St. Vincent is amazing! It started with a typical day of perusing the Spotify charts, cleaning up a playlist or two since mine typically get worn out in a week or so, when something strange caught my eye:

St. Vincent sets up guitar pedals

The Twilight soundtrack.

At first, I’d normally pass on music from any teenybopper movie soundtrack but I remembered my favorite artist, Thom Yorke had contributed to a previous Twilight film. Okay, I’ll give it a shot. St. Vincent’s “The Antidote” caught my eye.

I pressed play.

And wow, the crunchy guitar riff paired with Ms. Annie’s silky smooth vocals caught me off guard. I wasn’t expecting much but this was great. Of course, I had to venture into more of this woman’s discography, one song just wasn’t enough. And so it began, my slow foray in the music of St. Vincent.

But what makes St.Vincent so special?

For one, she’s an older female artist and she blew up a little “late” in the game. At the age of 30, St. Vincent isn’t letting anyone tell her how to play. She’s made a name for herself, soaring through her audiences like a superwoman, riding the waves as a crowd surfing show stopper.

It would be easy to mistake Annie for just another cute indie female artist. She’s got the looks, cute curls and all. Her voice recalls distant images of 60s nostalgia but when the time comes, strength flows from both her voice and guitar.