I forgot how excellent the fourth quarter is. In fact, I am so excited by all this new music, that I am even blogging again. Despite all this new music to sink my teeth into, it’s Grimes‘ upcoming Art Angels that I have been anticipating the most.
I adore Visions, when it was released I bought the CD for the cover art, and listened to it on repeat, admiring the simple complexities of Grimes’ artistic and musical genius. I was even on board with the heavily criticised Go when it dropped last year, and ever since then I have been waiting patiently for new music. Even REALiTi gave me fleeting hope (which has now appeared on the track listing for the new record), but alas, no follow up to Visions was to be seen for a few more months. However, I was not worried, as I believe that any artist bold enough to scrap a whole record because “it sucked”, was looking to produce something a little special. Flesh without Blood & Life in the Vivid Dream are the first tasters of this new direction, and in my opinion, it’s fucking great. Act I is Flesh without Blood, a slick and dynamic hit that packs one big punch; four-minutes of solid energy that is painfully catchy, and easily the pop-est thing she has ever released. Don’t get me wrong, I fell in love with Grimes for her dark, brooding minimalism, but I just cannot hate it, I can’t even criticise it, especially as it has been released alongside a pastel kitsch music video, complete with angel wings, 18th century haute couture, blood and dancing, all produced, directed, written and edited by Grimes herself. Act II, Life in the Vivid Dream slows it right down to a tempo that feels more familiar and brings us forward into the next stage of Grimes’ artistic discourse. It’s an explosive introduction to what I hope is a rich and vibrant record. She can do no wrong in my eyes, and I hope I’m not disappointed on November 6th.
Art Angels track listing
- laughing and not being normal
- SCREAM [ft. Aristophanes]
- Flesh without Blood
- Belly of the beat
- Kill V. Maim
- World Princess part II
- Venus Fly [ft. Janelle Monáe]
- Life in the Vivid Dream