Grimes - (Set time: 8:15 PM)
There is a powerful harmony in Grimes. It is a project which is both musical and visual, embodying the arts of 2D, performance, dance, video and sound. Claire Boucher weaves these together to a strong rhythmic effect, “the marriage between the voice of a human and the heartbeat of a machine” [Bullett Magazine].
Boucher, born in Vancouver, Canada, came to Montreal in 2006. Her experience as a perf...ormer is deeply embedded in the illegal DIY loft culture of Montreal, where Grimes was one of the prominent figures in the scene surrounding Lab Synthèse – a 4600sq ft re-appropriated textile factory. She developed in a scene where punk ethos and pop music collide, resulting in a distinct sense of community, religiosity and psychedelic revelry.
Visions arises as Boucher’s fourth release in less than two years. Geidi Primes (2010), initially released as a limited 30 cassette run and free download, then followed by Halfaxa (2010) – arguably one of the first witch-house or lo-fi R&B releases. On Darkbloom (2011), Grimes begins taking her first steps as a producer, bringing together the experimentation behind her early work and a cutting edge pop aesthetic.
Each album tackles a different set of influences and styles. Her newest album, Visions, incorporates influences as wide as Enya, TLC and Aphex Twin, drawing from genres like New Jack Swing, IDM, New Age, K-pop, Industrial and glitch. This approach has marked Grimes as a curator of culture, and allowed the project to remain flexible and evolving.
A phantasmic state for the deep listener, sourcing the long forgotten spells running alongside humans for centuries and forcing them through a hyper-futuristic filter. Compositional and vocal delivery are coloured with an emotional trauma. Despite a generally upbeat demeanour, an urgency permeates the music. Calling us between our history and the future it uses the pleasure of minimal rhythms and dance to entice, but beyond its rich, software-sculpted cohesiveness, and vocal energy, runs a very real and odd world.
Elite Gymnastics - (Set time: 7:15 PM)
When you think of Minneapolis' musical legacy, two things probably come to mind: fast, brawny punk-infused rock (the Replacements, Hüsker Dü) and, well, Prince. Even if you expanded those horizons to include alt-hip-hop acts like Atmosphere and P.O.S., you still wouldn't find much in the way of throbbing, Balearic-leaning electro. It's surprising, then, to find out that Elite Gymnastics call the chilly terrain of one of Minnesota's Twin Cities home, especially when listening to "Is This on Me?", a highlight from the duo's Real Friends EP. Then again, if you're going to be making music in such a climate, you might as well arm yourself with a warm pulse, as well as plenty of sunshine samples and high-pitched chimes that twinkle like an ice castle bathed in soft light. As the summer months heat up, "Is This on Me?" somehow manages to feel like a blast of cool air while keeping things appropriately warm.