Grimes says new album is inspired by Bruce Springsteen and ‘The Godfather’

Canadian musician says she has become inspired by 'bro-art'

Grimes has discussed the inspiration behind her upcoming new album, saying that she has been immersing herself in what she refers to as “bro-art”.

The Canadian musician previously suggested that she will release her new album during October, although no official release date has been confirmed.

Speaking to Q Magazine recently, the star (real name Claire Boucher) said that she’s been inspired by Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen, as well as gangster movies. “Bro-art” is presumably referring to typically masculine cultural favourites.

“One song on the album, ‘Kill V Maim’, is written from the perspective of Al Pacino in The Godfather Pt 2,” Boucher said. “Except he’s a vampire who can switch gender and travel through space.”

Boucher explained of her unusual sources of inspiration: “I wanted to get away from Hollywood bullshit. So I moved to Squamish, a small town in British Colombia. There was a lot of ‘crazy’ going on, but it was organised ‘crazy’ – like lying in the dark and seeing if I could hallucinate.”

“It felt good, letting myself be a total f*cking weirdo. And I had cookies.”

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Ahead of her long-anticipated new album, Grimes has announced that she will tour the UK during March 2016. See those dates below.

Grimes will play:

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)