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!