Rachel Grimes' Buoyant, Beautiful 'Transverse Plane Vertical': Video Premiere

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Rachel Grimes

The title song from the last record pianist Rachel Grimes recorded with her chamber "pop" group Rachel's, "Technology Is Killing Music," is an 18-minute sonic essay on emotional isolation and data incursion, a paranoiac pastiche of searching, sad melodies. The song, released in 2005, isn't quaint in retrospect -- its emotional thesis is still meaningful in a digital age that no one has caught up to. It just wasn't, at least in Grimes' case, correct; technology didn't kill music.

On her most recent solo album, previewed by The New Yorker last week, Grimes' piano and accompaniments wallow and wail and groan and tip-toe. Below, Billboard is proud to premiere the first video from that album, for the song "Transverse Plane Vertical," a relatively buoyant and straightforward song, as far as The Clearing allows. (This is due at least in part to its having been sat and written, as opposed to songs like "In the Vapor..." which began as improvisations. The two-part "Transverse Plane" series here was originally written to accompany an actor training exercise.) 

The video for Grimes' carnivalesque song, directed by Kurtis Hough, separates each of the song's elements -- across its ten instruments -- into seven parts, representing them literally and figuratively into a choreographed dance of ink, jellyfish and cloud. Alongside the latticed composition, the parts' containers shift and interweave, subsuming and retreating.

You can find out more about Rachel Grimes' work right here.


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