2012 is already quite the champagne year for Grimes, or more accurately, for Claire Boucher. Since its release in March, her third album – Visions – has catapulted her to the forefront of the alternative music scene. Emerging from Monteral’s undergound scene as a performance artist, Boucher has swiftly become the poster girl for bizarre pop futurism.
If you thought her music was already strange though, then Boucher has plans to test get even more experimental.
In a recent interview with MTV Hive the forthcoming Meredith Music Festival headliner revealed that she’s already been working on the follow-up to Visions, but “I’m thinking about making [a record] that is a bit more experimental that I don’t put out as Grimes, because I want to stick with this pop aesthetic as Grimes.”
Speaking of the potential sound of this new moniker, Boucher added “I’ve been working on more percussive noise music and also a lot of straight vocal music. I want to make [both] dark percussive shit and vocal ranging and release an album that’s halfway between ethereal reggaeton and industrial dance music but is still very pop in its song [structures].”
Industrial reggaeton, hey? Might we suggest Grimiest as the moniker?
In related news, Grimes also recently launched a new jewellery line, a collaboration with artist Morgan Black, to include “a line of metal chainmail armour” according to Pitchfork, to accompany her already releasd range of ‘pussy rings’ (available in fashionable black, hot pink and clear as seen below).
Whether they’ll be available on the merch desk at future shows is yet to be confirmed, but Boucher also told Pitchfork of her plans for future concert performances:
“I want to start bringing dancers along and have them wear crazy shit. I want them to be topless, covered in glitter, wear S&M headmasks that are really big, black pants and black lipstick, and be all guys. Everyone will have bleached white hair.”
Sounds like those who’ll be attending Meredith Music Festival will have plenty to look forward to, and maybe even a chance to hear some of Grimes’ ‘more experimental’ material… or at least scour the merch desk for a ‘pussy ring’.