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It’s been nearly a year since Grimes (aka Claire Boucher) released a new music video (the visually impressive “Venus Fly” featuring Janelle Monáe). And apart from her contribution to Tegan and Sara’s The Con X: Covers, it’s been over two years since she put out an album (2015’s electro-pop masterpiece Art Angels). We know it, you know it, and Grimes knows it.
Fortunately she’s itching to put out new music just as much as we’re itching to hear it. This week, the native Vancouverite logged on to Twitter to reassure fans that a follow-up to Art Angels is on the way. She declared her intentions to drop a new album this spring but, always the realist, admitted that it’ll probably come out sometime in the fall.
Grimes decided to make the unofficial album announcement after a fan commemorated the six-year anniversary of her second studio album, Visions, noting that “3 albums in 6 years is not a bad level of productivity.”
Grimes’ willingness to interact with fans is just one reason why she’s become such a beloved and respected artist over the course of her eight-year career (11 if you count her bygone Myspace days). In addition to casually chatting with her 730K+ followers on Twitter and eagerly sharing pieces of her personal life on Instagram, Grimes recently hosted a Twitch livestream under the username ocarina_of_grimes and invited fans to watch her try out the PlayStation 4 game Bloodborne. During the livestream, she also said that she’s written a song about the acclaimed RPG Dark Souls. Good artists can draw inspiration from anything.
Of course, Grimes’ undeniable talent and remarkable work ethic both hugely contributed to her rise to fame as well. She not only has a killer voice and a knack for seamlessly blending a variety of music genres together but also writes, engineers, and produces all of her own music and directs pretty much all of her own music videos. If there’s such thing as a quadruple threat, Grimes is it.
Which is why we’re willing to wait until the fall for more Grimes music, even though it would have been nice to have a shiny new album to help get us through what looks to be a rough 2018. Last summer, she told her fans via social media that she had been spending a lot of time in the studio to make “something you’ve never heard before” and experiment with “unexplored sonic landscapes.” We’re not quite sure what that means, but at this point we’ve learned that whatever Grimes puts out almost always exceeds our expectations.
In the meantime, you can check out the woodsy Rodarte photoshoot Grimes participated in along with Kirsten Dunst, Girl Meets World’s Rowan Blanchard, Tessa Thompson and Black Panther’s Danai Gurira. If Grimes’ claim that her poses were inspired by America’s Next Top Model isn’t enough to entice you, we don’t know what is.