Canadian mega-babe Grimes is one of the hardest working artists in the game today; the singer/songwriter/producer/visual artist has put out three full-length albums, an EP, and seven music videos in the just last five years alone. The most paramount of those releases was her 2012 LP Visions, which won critics over with its unique blend of experimental electronic music and chewed-up/spit-out bubblegum pop vocals. Now she’s back, with talk of a continental tour and a soon-to-be-released surprise album that’s allegedly quite different from the last.
Throughout 2015, Grimes has hinted that a new album was in the works, whether it be through Twitter or interviews. Take for example the time in July when she took to Twitter to reveal that she was working VERY hard at work in the studio.
Perhaps if I smash my head into a brick wall my album will be spontaneously completed
— Grimes (@Grimezsz) July 17, 2015
Musically, Grimes stated that the sound of her upcoming album will be completely different from that of Visions, and that she’s already scrapped the entire project once. She told The New York Times Magazine that her tentative new material “sucked, so I threw it out, and started again.” Grimes also revealed that the soon-to-be-released LP is “the first record that I’ve made that I can listen to with other people around and not cringe and feel horrified.”
Damn, girl, relax — people actually like your music, can you imagine how the other guys must feel?
Well if Grimes is throwing out an album’s worth of material because she think it sucks, she must have some kind of back-up strategy at hand, ready to deploy, right?
Sort of. How does “rapping in Dothraki” sound? The singer told EW that she tried recording in the fictional language from Game of Thrones on the album, but that it “didn’t work out.” Too bad, I would’ve been all about that horse-rap.
Okay, the GOT has been flushed down the idea toilet like a wanton poo. What about a Plan B?
How about a “more political, less abstract” direction? Grimes told Dazed and Confused that the upcoming album would feature a song “from the perspective of a butterfly in the Amazon as people are cutting down trees; there’s a song that’s from the perspective of angels who are polluted, so they’re crying polluted tears. I feel like it’s more about the Earth. I think I was more in society when I was making it, so it feels more grounded.”
Yep; Grimes is about to go Avatar on your ass.
While the drama behind the album is tantalizing, it would be nice to know some concrete details or hear some concrete songs. You know, more than just a general tidbits she’s been letting trickle out here and there, bit-by-bit during interviews, or in this Instagram post, for example:
That strange photo is promotional material for Grimes’s upcoming “Rhinestone Cowgirls” tour, which begins this October, and will make stops all over the United States as well as parts of Canada. Judging by her caption, the artist seems to imply that the album will be out before October 24, when the first leg of the tour starts.
That means we’ll most likely get a new Grimes album before October’s out! This is good news, of course, for the ladies, (Grimes makes for a killer Halloween costume, and she’s got TONS of outfits to choose from.) Unfortunately, the date details don’t get much more specific than that. We know little about exactly when the album will drop, other than the fact that the LP will be a “surprise” (think Beyoncé), and that its release date AND title will be announced exactly one day ahead of time, according to an interview Grimes did with Dazed & Confused.
Cool, way to make us shit our pants 24/7.
So, will we rejoice in the glory of a Visions follow-up within the month? It seems so — and I sure hope so, or else I just wasted a lot of wrist stamina writing this post (I don’t use proper typing posture; Mavis Beacon would be upset.) In the meantime, check back with us routinely (NEVER LEAVE. MAKE IHEARTCOMIX YOUR HOMEPAGE), for details on Grimes’s still unnamed fourth album, and check out the “Rhinestone Cowgirls” tour dates below.
Grimes 2015 Tour Dates
10-24 Santa Ana, CA – Growlers Beach Goth Party Festival
10-26 Vancouver, British Columbia – Commodore
10-27 Portland, OR – Wonder
10-28 Seattle, WA – The Showbox
10-31 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
11-02 Los Angeles, CA – Mayan
11-07 Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Festival
11-09 New Orleans, LA – Republic
11-10 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
11-11 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
11-13 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
11-14 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
11-16 New York, NY – Terminal 5
11-20 Boston, MA – Paradise
11-21 Montreal, Quebec – Metropolis
11-22 Toronto, Ontario – Danforth
11-25 Chicago, IL – Metro