Boomkat Product Review:
Claire Boucher's debut as Grimes has been a long time coming and has already drawn comparisons with the work of fellow chill/drag/witch/h-pop characters Laurel Halo, Hype Williams and even Autre Ne Veut. When it gets it right - it's quite the killer too, with opener "Outer" managing to integrate sincere, properly sung vocal harmonies with the kind of compressed low-end rumble that would make Salem blush. "Rasik" is another standout, flexing shoegaze signatures with impressively heavy-hitting vocals and throbbing bass pulses that end all too abruptly, before the majestic "Heartbeats" ingests cinematic conceits without falling into the trap of dragging itself through a vortex of cod-emotions, instead playing with timbre and pitch to create something that sounds like Fever Ray crossed with Enigma - in the best possible sense. Over the course of an hour you're drawn deeper and deeper into an alternate pop matrix, with only the occasional misstep (such as the British Airways advertising soundalike "Intor / Flowers") nudging you back to reality. Overall though, "Halfaxa" is one of the more accomplished and absorbing full-length's to have emerged from the genre with a plethora of dodgy names - and comes to you with much recommendation, make sure to check it out.
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