A Look at the Polaris Long List: 22. Grimes - Visions
Grimes is one of those photogenic buzz artists, popular with critics and hipster fans alike, that you wanna hate. She looks .like an oddball Scarlet Johansson (sort of) and sings like Elizabeth Fraser (Cocteau Twins) mixed with Minnie Ripperton (at least with the aid of studio trickery, she does. IRL? No idea). Her 80’s informed electronic, synth pop sound is heavy on effects and artifice but I can’t front, there’s some substance to it. Visions is worthy follow-up to her should-have-been-nominated-last-year Halfaxa album despite having the lousiest cover art I have seen in a long, long time - just terrible! Dig the track, “Oblivion” above, a stand-out from Visions, though? Then hit the jump to check out the rest of the album via RDIO (non-subscribers will hear preview snippets only).