Grimes: ‘You’re never going to be able to pin down my style’

Canadian artist releases new album 'Art Angels' in November

Grimes says that fans and critics will never be able to pin down her style, describing her music as “genreless”.

Grimes releases her fourth album ‘Art Angels’ on November 6. So far she has released three songs from the album, including a collaboration with Taiwanese rapper Aristophanes. Another song on ‘Art Angels’ is a collaboration with Janelle Monáe. New single ‘Flesh Without Blood’ can be streamed below.

Speaking in a new interview with The Guardian, Grimes responds to comments she made earlier in her career about seeing her music as being a pop project. She claims that this is no longer the case, explaining, “Pop is just another genre. Some of my songs are influenced by pop music. Some of them are not.

“The whole purpose of Grimes is that it’s genreless. Trying to constantly put a genre label on it makes no sense and then you are always eating your words two months later. So, why bother?”

Elsewhere in the interview she adds, “People keep trying to be like, ‘We’re trying to pin down the Grimes style.’ If you haven’t realised by now, you’re never going to be able to.”

Asked whether it’s possible to genuinely disconcert people with music, she claims that “there’s no fully new sound” and adds, “all music right now is seeing how crazy you can get with the genres. I feel like so many people are focused on the ’70s to now. I’m curious about music in the year 1100. I think that’s really interesting – combining that with electronic stuff.”

Recorded in her home studio in Los Angeles, ‘Art Angels’ was written and recorded entirely by Grimes and sees the artist play guitar, violin and piano.

‘Art Angels’ tracklist:

‘Laughing And Not Being Normal’
‘California’
‘Scream’ feat. Aristophanes
‘Flesh Without Blood’
‘Belly Of The beat’
‘Kill V Maim’
‘Artangels’
‘Easily’
‘Pin’
‘Realiti’
‘World Princess Part II’
‘Venus Fly’ feat. Janelle Monáe
‘Life In The Vivid Dream’
‘Butterfly’

Grimes’ last official release was 2014 stand-alone single ‘Go’, a song originally written for Rihanna.

Grimes will play a host of UK shows next year following the release of ‘Art Angels’, as follows:

Bristol Anson Rooms (March 6)
Leeds Beckett Students’ Union (7)
Nottingham Rock City (8)
London O2 Academy Brixton (10)
Birmingham Institute (11)
Manchester Academy 1 (12)
Glasgow O2 ABC (13)