Today’s video for Music Video Friday is Genesis by Grimes.
This is a weird one and I don’t know much about Grimes although I really should explore more of her work since I love the songs Genesis and, especially, Oblivion (which has a far less interesting video, but I like the concept of the female in a male-dominated world. Yeah, I read that online…):
Grimes is probably not to everyone’s taste but I love her quirky style & love of Japanese anime. If you look closely, you can see she’s carrying a Totoro backpack in the video for Genesis. I want one!!
You may not notice the Totoro thanks to the girl wearing the distracting metal outfit in front of Grimes. I had to Google who that was – she’s a rapper and stripper named Brooke Candy and is described by Grimes as “a very contemporary muse.” Yeah, I read about these videos at Wikipedia. Here’s what Grimes has to say about the video for Genesis, which she also directed:
“It’s loosely based on this painting by my favorite painter, Hieronymus Bosch, called The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things. I wanted to play with Medieval/Catholic imagery. I was raised in a Catholic household and went to a Catholic school, and my childhood brain perceived medieval Catholicism as an action movie: There’s this crazy omnipresent guy who can destroy you at any moment.”
Both of these songs are off the album Visions (I dig the cover art):
Grimes is one of these crazy, artistic types that don’t seem to go down as well nowadays as they did in the past (I’m thinking especially of the Seventies & artists such as David Bowie). This is how she’s described at Wikipedia:
Her work has been likened to various artists, including Björk, Siouxsie Sioux and Enya and she was described by Tastemakers Magazine as an “alien love-child of Aphex Twin and ABBA”. The Guardian summarised her musical style: “By sounding a little like everything you’ve ever heard, the whole sounds like nothing you’ve ever heard.”
Alien love-child of Aphex Twin & ABBA? I’d take that as a compliment! That’s far more interesting than being, say, Adele or something. (Sorry Adele lovers – her music just puts me to sleep…) 😉
Anyway, here’s the video for Genesis. I admit that her music is “love it or hate it” so I won’t judge you if you hate it. But I’ll like you if you like it!
I never heard of this artist before and her voice does take a bit of getting used to but I do dig the synth style music.It reminds me of bands like Glass Candy, College,Electric Youth, ect
I love that I’ve introduced some people to Grimes from this post! 🙂 Yes, I think she definitely takes some getting used to but I do love these two songs, at least. A lot. 🙂
I really like it, now I will listen to the rest of her music so u have made my day.
Yeah?? That’s great! I was afraid no one would check these videos out but it looks like I’ve managed to introduce some people to her music now. 🙂
Cool stuff. Oblivion is my favourite.
Agreed! And Oblivion is my favorite too. Never skip it when it comes up on my iPod! 🙂
I hope you don’t judge my taste in music, but ……. ^_^””
Lol! Is that a “no comment”, then? 😉 That’s okay – I think Grimes is a “love her or hate her”. 🙂
Oooh, I flippin’ love Grimes. Her new album is so great as well!
Yay!! You’re the first & only person to have heard of Grimes. 🙂 I really should check out more of her stuff. I knew she had a pretty recent album as I actually heard a song played on the radio. Couldn’t believe it! But it was very mainstream & nothing like these two songs. I should really seek out the rest! 🙂
I absolutely love Brooke Candy 💅
Cool! Must admit I’d never heard of her before the Grimes video. She certainly has an interesting style. 🙂
I do not care so much for the music , to be honest, but yes the fashion is very much futuristic!
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