Grimes surprise-releases old demo track via Tumblr – listen

'Fifteen Minutes To' is probably from the pre-Halfaxa era

Grimes has launched a short, surprise-release track via her Tumblr account, stating that it “probably” comes from the pre-Halfaxa era of her career.

The sub-two-minute song comes with little fanfare and appears to be simply a ‘discovery’ amongst old material. The unveiling by the Canadian follows on from the release of latest album ‘Art Angels’ in October.

Halfaxa was released in 2010 but did not arrive in the UK officially until May 2011, a genre-hopping effort that bought Grimes substantial early recognition.

Listen to the new (old) track ‘Fifteen Minutes To’ via YouTube, below:

‘Art Angels’ won NME’s album of the year 2015 and featured on the cover of the magazine alongside her win. In the accompanying interview, she said the win was “rather dreamlike-like,” before continuing:

“With ‘Visions’ it became easy to say, ‘Grimes, she’s so cute. It’s fun music to put on at a fashion shoot’. Now I want people to engage. I’m less afraid of saying things now. I used to be so scared, I was turning the vocals down and drenching them in reverb. On this record, I don’t give a fuck anymore.”

Back in October, the singer told the Guardian about her changes in style, saying:

“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.”