Grimes: living the electric dream

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Quirky electro pop artist Grimes returns to Glasgow for her first performance at The Arches on Wednesday night.

She returns to the city by popular demand after an intimate show at the Berkeley Suite in Glasgow earlier this year.

Currently lighting up stages across the US and Europe prolific musician and visual artist Grimes returns to the UK for this performance followed by two shows at the legendary Heaven club in London.

The buzz around Grimes is palpable. Shot by Hedi Slimane for the cover of Dazed and Confused, she made the cover of W in the US and has kept the blogosphere buzzing.

She also made a special appearance on the Jools Holland Show and collaborated with LA based pop artist Blood Diamonds on his Phone Sex EP.

Blessed with the vocal sweetness of Nite Jewel and the ethereal charm of Kate Bush, she released her first full length album Visions, which received rave reviews, in May this year after being snapped up by indie label 4AD.

Grimes is the work of Vancouver born Claire Boucher, an ever evolving project that has gained notoriety since its creation back in 2010.

Moving to Montreal in 2006, she became a prominent part of the city’s underground loft DIY scene where both punk ethos and pop music collide.

Weaving together 2D, performance, dance, video and sound to strong rhythmic effect, Visions is Grimes’ fourth release in less than two years.

Her debut album, Geidi Primes, was released in 2010 on a limited cassette run of just thirty and as a free download. This was followed by Halfaxa (2010) – arguably one of the first witch-house or lo-fi R&B releases – and by the Darkbloom EP (2011) where she began to take her first steps as a producer, bringing together the experimentation behind her work with a cutting edge pop aesthetic.

Visions incorporates influences as wide as Enya, TLC and Aphex Twin, whilst also drawing on genres such as new jack swing, IDM, new age, k-pop, industrial and glitch.

With an ever-developing sound, multiplying fanbase and a host of collaborators, Grimes at the Arches on Wednesday night at 7pm, at just £7 is a hot ticket. Available from 565 1000 or via www.thearches.co.uk.