Claire Boucher, better known as Grimes, described her new album Miss Anthropocene as “a concept album about the anthropomorphic Goddess of climate Change.. Each song will be a different embodiment of human extinction as depicted through a Pop star Demonology.” No idea what any of it means or how it all ties into climate change. However, a new Grimes album is certainly enough to pique the interest of many music fans.
First track, “So Heavy I fell Through The Earth (Art Mix)” has lyrics based on a dream and the decision to have a baby with boyfriend Elon Musk. The music floats along while synths keep pulling it back to the ground. At six minutes it feels like it could keep rolling along for much longer. “4ÆM” is inspired by a Bollywood film and also floats along before the club banging chorus cuts in. “Delete Forever” and “You’ll Miss Me When I’m Not Around” are the most straightforward songs here, and the best, with the acoustic guitar on the former sounding not unlike Oasis’ “Wonderall” and written the night Lil Peep died. At seven minutes long, the lighter pop sounding “IDORU (Art Mix)” lets the light in after some fairly dark moments on the record.
Much of the album sounds cinematic with “New Gods” being the best example, a slower piano driven track. Third single “My Name Is Dark (Art Mix)” was inspired by NIN but never truly takes off. Grimes’ music hits so many pleasure points that even the lesser tracks glide by effortlessly before something catches the listeners ear. As Claire Boucher continues to change and mutate, the music that she makes as Grimes continues to do the same.
When preparing to review The Slow Rush, the latest album from Tame Impala, I was surprised to discover that this is their fourth album and I own all of them! Listening habits indicate that I’ve liked them all but rarely go back to listen. Thus The Slow Rush is the first album from Australian Kevin Parker that I’ve ever done a true deep dive into.
With it’s altered vocals and dance beat, lead track “One More Year” could be Daft Punk before “Instant Destiny” tells of Parker proposing to his wife while riding a solid groove. “It Might Be Time” features 70s pianos/synths with a menacing siren suddenly appearing, it’s Supertramp meets The Bomb Squad. While the lyrics on a few tracks are too on the nose, such as third single “Posthumous Forgiveness”, others like the Zero 7 sounding “Tomorrow’s Dust” have a self-improvement bent.
The cover of The Slow Rush features sand in a house, like the sands of time on “Lost in Yesterday”. It’s all very smooth and meticulous. Along with the uplifting lyrics, this is sugar to a lot of an audience raised on EDM. The hooks come from everywhere like on the repeated “I can” line on “Breathe Deeper”. Tame Impala crosses several different genres and do it very well. For most of The Slow Rush, it’s hard not to ride the many grooves right to the end.