Grimes has released the full music video for “Venus Fly,” her Art Angels collaboration with Janelle Monáe, and the result is a cyber-gothic fantasy from the future.
Directed and edited by the Canadian electro-pop artist, the seven-minute video features elaborate warrior outfits and sci-fi props. In the video, Grimes (real name Claire Boucher) and Monáe engage in an intergalactic flaming sword fight in a dystopian future and we are totally into it.
The video is just as eccentric and exciting as the teaser Grimes posted on Instagram earlier this week. In the post, Grimes said it’s her “strongest work” yet.
“Sometimes it feels futile to be making art in this cruel and extreme political climate, but some of the brightest moments of the last few months for me and for a lot of you, I suspect, have come from seeing @janellemonae‘s amazing and positive vision of the future, especially when we are being introduced to so many possible dystopian futures.”
#TidalXVenusfly ::::: streaming exclusively on Tidal Feb 2 :::::: ———————– sometimes it feels futile to be making art in this cruel and extreme political climate, but some of the brightest moments of the last few months for me and for a lot of you, i suspect, have come from seeing @janellemonae ‘s amazing and positive vision of the future, especially when we are being introduced to so many possible dystopian futures. Thanks to for giving so much time, energy and creativity to this project as a director editor, creative director i also feel like is my strongest work, and i can’t wait to share w y’all. thanks @tidal for being amazing patrons of the arts!! and @route_eleven !my amazing team! (i know i just used amazing twice but woke up and my mind is devoid of adjectives at this early hour)————> forgot to add earlier #femthefuture
Since releasing her fourth studio LP Art Angels in 2015, the JUNO award winner has spent the past year releasing visual elements to the album, such as artwork and video clips. Last October, Grimes released seven music videos in just one day and more recently, she started a separate Instagram account (@GrimesArtOfficial) entirely dedicated to her and her fans’ artwork.
The new music video also features a lengthy credit sequence which contains an alternate version of the track. You can check out the “Venus Fly” video over on Tidal or watch below.