Boomkat Product Review:
Grimes' wonderfully wyrd and sought-after 2010 tape 'Geidi Primes'. Essentially it's the predecessor to her often breathtaking 'Halfaxa' LP and that split with fellow Canadian maverick D'eon for Hippos In Tanks. Now, in case you're fresh to Grimes and have managed to avoid any music sites of worth for the last 12 months, we'd have to place her sound somewhere close to the enchanted electronic pop realms occupied by Björk or Kate Bush; a beautiful, dissolute synthesis of melancholy dream vocals with instinctive and immediately affective arrangements laden with hooks you simply won't forget. But if you've been charting her progress, and seek the thrills found on 'Halfaxa' will find them here in the coldwave swoon of 'Avi', quietly intoning "I Will Take Your Breath Away" over spiky goth-disco rhythms, and also with the frictionally layered synth textures of 'Grisgris' or the AFX-ian melody of 'Zoal, Face Dancer'. But most interesting is the prevalence of almost Far-Eastern tunings found in the pseudo Chinese pop of 'Sardaukar Levenbrech' and the processed Koto-like timbres on 'Venus In Fleurs', creating exotic yet eerie fusions which delight these ears at the very least. RIYL Salem, Laurel Halo, Julia Holter, Kate Bush, Björk.