One To Watch In 2012: Grimes


SHE may seem like a fresh name and face to some, but Grimes is about to release her career-defining third album Visions alongside an impressive line-up of shows in the UK.

Claire Boucher’s spooky artwork and unusually dark alias for a female solo act is quite the opposite compared to the simply stunning music the 23-year-old makes. The Canadian-born songstress blends beat-driven synths with her innocent, girly falsetto vocals. Her first two albums, Geidi Primes and Halfaxa were made available to buy online for free in 2010 but with this year’s hype around her new album and her No1 position of this year’s most exciting new bands in NME it’s time for her to do things properly!


Her new material incorporates influences from Enya, TLC and Aphex Twins whilst touching on New Age, Industrial and K-pop genres for her most adventure and futuristic record yet.

Visions is now available to stream in FULL online here before it’s official release on March 12th followed by her European tour.


MAY / JUNE 2012

6th – Bristol, Simple Things Festival

7th – Glasgow, Berkeley Suite

8th – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club

9th – London, XOYO

10th – Manchester, Islington Mill

12th – Laval, Festival Les 3 Elephants

13th – Rouen, Le 106

15th – Strasbourg, La Laltierie

16th – Paris, La Fleche D’Or

17th – Brussels, Nuits Botanique Festival

18th – Amsterdam, Paradiso (London Calling Festival)

19th – Aarhus, Pop Revo Festival

22nd – Oslo, Blaa

23rd – Stockholm, Cafeteatren

24th – Malmo, Inkonst

25th – Berlin, Berghain

26th – Hamburg, Uebel & Gefährlich

28th – Rome, Circolo Degli Artisti

29th – Ravenna, Hana-Bi

30th – Turin, Astoria

31st – Barcelona, Primavera

2nd – London, Field Day Festival

3rd – Dublin, Forbidden Fruit

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