Grimes’ Miss Anthropocene - What You Need To Know
The ever-experimental Claire Boucher returns with her fifth studio album and here is everything you need to know about it…
A little background…
It’s been five years since Grimes’ last LP, 2015’s Art Angels, an album that saw the singer experimenting with country influences and straightforward for the first time in her career.
After touring in support of that, she began working on the follow-up, which she initially hoped to release in 2018. That was scuppered by an argument with label 4AD and progress was stalled. Instead, that year was one of collaborations with the singer working with Bring Me The Horizon. And Poppy as well as pursuing opportunities in film and television.
She worked on the record steadily throughout 2019, with new material dropping in the autumn ahead of the official announcement of the album’s release. Officially, the album is a "loose concept album about an anthropomorphic goddess of climate change inspired by Roman mythology".
That album is Miss Anthropocene, or Miss_Anthrop0cene, depending on how you style it...
Who’s producing it?
As always, Boucher is the key producer, but she has enlisted the help of others on a few tracks. Hana, a live backing vocalist and band member for Grimes, has helped produce epic closer 'Idoru', along with Chris Greatti, once part of pop-punkers Basic Vacation, now a songwriter and production gun for hire.
Any special guests?
Two. And, in typical Grimes style, they aren't exactly household names. Rapper i_o features on 'Violence' and Taiwanese singer 潘PAN, who is on 'Darkseid'.
What does it sound like?
Like any of Boucher’s previous work, the ambition is enormous. Layered electronics, shimmering production and gliding vocals, all meticulously constructed.
Tracks like ‘Violence’ and ‘So Heavy I Fell Through the Earth’ are more glacial in tone and production, while songs like ‘My Name Is Dark’ are more extreme and percussive, more in the vein of Aphex Twin than anything else. The mixture proves one thing, Boucher has no desire to fade into any kind of background.
Does it deliver?
It’s invigorating, seductive, elegant and ever-changing. She remains an artist like no other.