4AD has let it be known that the Grimes album Visions went over so big this year that it was named "album of the year" by both Rough Trade Records AND Resident. Hmmm .... how to celebrate? More Grimes discs, of course! Two new Grimes EPs have been issued, one through each of the stores. The first is the Grimes Rough Trade disc, which includes remixes of the songs "Ambrosia" and "Christmas Song" as well as three rare tracks. The Resident disc offers more remixes and hard to find stuff. Check out the track lists below.
Visions is, in the words of Grimes: “the only means through which I can be fully expressive. It is both an ethereal escape from, and a violent embrace of my experience. The creative process is a quest for the ultimate sensual, mystical and cathartic experience and the vehicle for my psychic purging. Visions was conceived in a period of self-imposed cloistering during which time I did not see day-light.”
Spacelab writer Morgan Evans caught Grimes in New York earlier this year and was impressed by the show. He said "So yeah, when the super-trendy and N.Y. Times approved artist is a wispy Canadian girl who looks like a gothic fairy and makes hipsters gush, I am even more inclined to want to just lounge around in my underwear listening to Incubus’ new (actually awesome) 2x live album like a loser and reading (the criminally little known) Fionavar Tapestry.
But it doesn't end there ... he went on to provide amore rounded explanation of the show: "Grimes’ dream pop and dark wave blend with scarcely tangible vocals might seem kitschy on paper, but she means it and it is perfect for this cold, autumn weather. Just because it's so listenable doesn’t mean it is bad." Back handed compliment? Maybe, but he also added "Anyhow, I can safely say that Grimes seems to be really doing things for her own reasons, despite being suddenly beloved by bloggers and cappuccino sippers everywhere. I hope someday if I met her that she would beat me at checkers or something. I like it when artists do things for themselves and without pandering or swiping from others (unless it is true influence/homage or a cool cover song). Let’s face it, Bayside aren’t going to be getting any extra booty for their new Billy Joel cover, but party on, dudes! "
Check out the full review of the Grimes show in New York from Morgan Evans and view photos from Chris Rahm.
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