I look at alot of music sites on the internet. I think I can definitively state that, as of now, the Grimes album is the most buzzed about contender for top spot on end of year lists. I'm talking about the indie scene here. The mainstream has no idea about Grimes and that's too bad.
Grimes is the moniker for Claire Boucher, a 24 year old electronic musician who resides in Montreal, Canada. She was signed to 4AD records last year and her debut for the label, Visions is a beautiful piece of work.
A complete listen of Visions will reveal it to be nearly flawless. There's not a bit of filler to be found. Though it will sound foreign to the more traditional music listener with it's odd vocal effects and complex song structures, it's filled with plenty of pop hooks that can't help but draw you into her world.
Review: AV Club
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