Lately, I've become enamored with the aggressively weird synth-pop dreamscape that is Grimes' latest album, Art Angels. You can't listen to it without wanting to go deeper; there are clearly ideas here, behind the music, and I want to know what they are.
Some of those ideas perhaps become a little clearer after watching the music video, "Flesh Without Blood / Life in The Vivid Dream," which was written, directed, edited, colored, and art-directed by Grimes herself.
In the video, Grimes splinters into four different characters, each of which has a different role in the MV, as well as in her songwriting.
I'll let you draw your own conclusions, because I think her music is too good for me to impose my judgments on it. Who are we to judge, anyway? I've never had that thought about art before, but something about Art Angels makes me want to keep my paws off, and just sit and listen, feeling the music pulsing through my veins.
The one clue I'll leave is a quote that's been running through my head since I read it in FADER's interview with Claire Boucher, aka Grimes' real name. She says one of the songs on the album (and I have no idea which one) is about "being too scary to be objectified."
That's an idea that resonates with me.
Sometimes I'm so sick of being female. In relationships, in the world we live in. I get sick of being in an assumed role. I hate being afraid and I hate knowing that the reason I'm scared is intimately linked to the fact that my body is small, my arms are weak, and I'm just a girl living in a world that I can't control.
Grimes is another small girl in this crazy girl, but in her art, she takes control. I'm inspired by that. I hope you find some inspiration too, and strength as you move forward in your relationships, your work, your schooling, your life.
Watch "Flesh Without Blood / Life in the Vivid Dream" above, and be treated to more art than I've ever seen in a pop music vid.