MOMENTS | Mash-up: Grimes Shares Synth-Pop Jam “REALiTi” & Its Self-Directed Video
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Last September, Clare Boucher, aka Grimes, scrapped her entire follow-up album to 2012’s Visions. But not all was lost; Grimes released one of the “lost” album’s songs, an unfinished and choppy but fun synth-pop march titled “REALiTi.” In addition to the song itself, Grimes also put out the song’s self-directed music video, which includes footage of the shows and her travels throughout Asia. The track is, thus, appropriately dedicated to her fans in Asia and states in the song’s official description, “Since this is no longer gonna be on the album, I’m releasing it as a special thank you to everyone in Singapore, KL, Manila, Jakarta, HK, Shanghai, Beijing, Taipei, Seoul, Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo who came out to the shows! It was an honor to play with a bunch of amazing bands and travel to places I would never otherwise be able to go.”
The song is fantastic, and despite the loss of the track’s mastered recording, the smart synth arrangements and Boucher’s lush vocals make this “lost” track more interesting than most of what we hear on the airwaves. We kind of hope more of these abandoned tracks make their way onto the internet, at least to tie us over until Grimes releases her next album full of dreamily collaged sounds.
Watch Grimes’ self-directed music video for “REALiTi,” then go and give Visions another listen.
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Since “REALiTi” was released in dedication to Grimes’ fans in Asia, we’re already dreaming of traveling along East and Southeast Asia. Spring is almost here, and it’s never too early to plan for your summer vacation. Just don’t forget to bring this brown leather and orange neomesh (for Grimes’ orange-tinted locks, of course) overnight.
[Photo source: Pitchfork Media]