Album Review: Grimes – ‘Geidi Primes’

A perfect blend of oriental pop, chillwave and post-rock

Despite the esoteric veneer of this bedroom-born debut, [a]Grimes[/a] (aka Claire Boucher) has packed ‘Geidi Primes’ with enough ideas to make for an instantly accessible and intimate listen. Blending genres like paints on a palette, the Montreal-based artist’s chameleonic approach sees her switch between oriental pop (‘Sardaukar Levenbrech’), chillwave (‘Zoal, Face Dancer’), and post-rock (‘Venus In Fleurs’) with attentive ease. But it’s tracks like ‘Feyd Rautha Dark Heart’ and ‘Avi’, where the 22-year-old cavorts in a similarly dark and beat-driven vein to [a]Zola Jesus[/a] and [a]Austra[/a], that [a]Grimes[/a]’ celestial vocal and her ear for a hook really draw you in.

Thomas A Ward