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The Guardian recently wrote a profile on Grimes detailing her upcoming album Art Angels, out November 6th on 4AD. We’ve heard two songs from the LP so far “Scream” and “Flesh without Blood.” In her interview with The Guardian, Claire Boucher discussed how she makes Grimes “more palatable for humans,” her thoughts on PC Music affiliate Sophie, avoiding genres and popular music, and doing everything on Art Angels.


On PC Music affiliate Sophie:

“It’s really fucked up to call yourself Sophie and pretend you’re a girl when you’re a male producer [and] there are so few female producers. I think it’s really good music. I probably shouldn’t have said that…”


On being weird in her personal life:

“In my life, I’m a lot more weird than this. Grimes is more palatable for humans. If it was up to me maybe I’d wear a moustache or something. I try to make it digestible to a degree. That’s what I’m interested in seeing. I create a thing that I wish existed in the world, versus my own full unabashed creative expression.”


On genres:

“Pop is just another genre. Some of my songs are influenced by pop music. Some of them are not. The whole purpose of Grimes is that it’s genreless. Trying to constantly put a genre label on it makes no sense and then you are always eating your words two months later. So, why bother? People keep trying to be like, ‘We’re trying to pin down the Grimes style.’ If you haven’t realized by now, you’re never going to be able to.”

“All music right now is seeing how crazy you can get with the genres. I feel like so many people are focused on the 70s to now. I’m curious about music in the year 1100. I think that’s really interesting – combining that with electronic stuff.”


On avoiding popular music:

“I just don’t want to sound current. If I sound current, it’s because I made the new current.”


On doing everything on Art Angels:

“It’s of interest that we never hear anything where no men were involved. But we hear things where no women were involved. [My album] was mixed and mastered by a man. There’s one mastering engineer who is a female, Emily Lazar. I don’t know any female mixers. The whole record was produced, engineered, written, performed by a woman, which is pretty rare. I don’t know if I ever heard a record like that, fully, with vocals on and stuff.”