An Analysis Of Claire Boucher 's New Music

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Since she started making music in 2010, Claire Boucher’s Grimes project has made some of the oddest pop music imaginable, and since she started making music in 2010, the music has only increased in quality. From 2010′s three lo-fi, darker projects of Darkbloom, Halfaxa, and Geidi Primes, to 2012′s ethereal Visions, to her recent singles, last year’s trap-influenced “Go” and this year’s moody synthpop jam “REALiTi (Demo)”, Boucher seems to have been slowly moving towards a mainstream pop presence, if only on the periphery. Art Angels is the newest progression towards this goal, lying closest to the center - it seems to be Boucher’s least experimental record thus far, if only conceptually. This change has been met with varying degrees of…show more content…
It’s why this album feels so polished at times - as a vocalist, Grimes is taking every opportunity to add melody to the songs. In “Flesh Without Blood”, the triumphant lead single, her voice never rests, dancing in the verses, fluttering in the pre-chorus, and finally exploding: “Now I don’t care anymore / uncontrollable.” “Kill V. Maim” is another example of a song that would be quite boring without Boucher’s relentless experimentation with vocals: her ratty, filtered voice whines the verses, occasionally lapsing into a grotesque scream. Every five seconds, she’s changing her melody, her voice, and the instruments around her, and it’s all set to a very clearly defined chord progression, one that doesn’t have to be beautiful as long as it’s catchy. The result is that Art Angels is a grower of an album - at first listen, one might only hear a single element of a song, but more and more of Boucher’s lovely experiments will leak out with more and more listens.

Truly, this album is much more eclectic than Visions, and Boucher pulls off each little genre experiment fantastically, adapting the genres to her style. With its mantric vocals and stop-and-go guitar riff, “Artangels” sounds like a Jagwar Ma track at first - however, Boucher clogs this framework with little sonic Easter eggs, keeping the beat interesting

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