There’s no one quite like Grimes, and she leaves us wanting more. Art Angels -- released Nov. 6 -- is a flabbergasting pop cocktail rife with sonic discord that somehow settles into her long-awaited masterstroke. It already sounds like a front-runner for many year-end best-of-2015 lists. Those at New York’s terminally overcrowded three thousand-capacity Terminal 5 last night (Nov. 16) got to hear only four of those songs, exactly one less than the amount of tracks the artist born Claire Boucher played off the 2012 precursor, Visions. Grimes writes the script here.
Was there outrage? Discontent? Not exactly -- Grimes could have played her rejected-by-Rihanna, twisted EDM banger “Go” four times, “Ni**as in Paris” style, and still gotten more total hands in the air than most of the alt-rock and alt-pop acts that come through Terminal 5. When she did play “Go” -- along with her other BloodPop (formerly Blood Diamonds) collaboration “Phone Sex” -- the formidable pit crowd did boast one third the frenzy of a Skrillex audience, with enough entertainment onstage to make up the difference. Rather than go for the band look (like so many of her left-of-center pop peers) Grimes, since touring on Visions, has enlisted a dancing troupe to bring the songs to life. The moves went beyond the choreo most of the crowd could’ve pulled off dancing to Art Angels in their bedrooms, which fit the D.I.Y.-gone-dance tent aesthetic well. Besides, Boucher spent much of the set at an electronic set-up towards the starry sky backdrop at the stage’s rear, manipulating the sounds and samples that took up the band-less sonic space.
Watch Grimes perform “Scream” with Aristophanes: