When: Wed., March 14, 9:30 p.m. 2012
Late last year, when I first listened to Geidi Primes, Claire Boucher's 2010 debut as Grimes, my first thought was, "Someone made a weirdo electro-pop album packed with references to Dune, and it somehow took me nearly two years to hear it?" Then I was struck by another realization: the circle of female musicians making experimental pop without shying away from either genuinely freaky spaces or accessible hooks (it also includes EMA and Austra) is one of the more interesting things happening in pop music. Grimes's new Visions (4AD) is breezier than the aforementioned artists' output, and some of the songs ("Genesis," "Circumambient") so perfectly evoke sugary 80s pop R&B that it's easy to think they might've been hits if they'd been released in 1985. Except of course that 80s pop R&B producers weren't into using massive amounts of lo-fi reverb, junky synth patches, or the dozens of other things Grimes employs to add layers of weirdness and witchiness to her music. —Miles Raymer Born Gold and Ultrademon open.