Grimes Gets Deep On "Art Angels" In New Documentary
Grimes about the creation of alter egos
Published on 11 December 2015
Back in November, Grimes released her technicolor new record, Art Angels. During The FADER's cover story reporting back in the summer, we sat down with Canadian producer/singer Claire Boucher in her Los Angeles home to find out how she's evolved the Grimes project, the misconceptions she has to deal with as a DIY artist, and what's she learnt touring the world.
"At first, I guess, there was just Grimes," she says in the documentary. "I don't technically have control of her narrative anymore—she very much exists in pop culture now. Grimes as one person cannot represent more than a couple of ideas. That's why I started developing some of the other characters, like really abstract from who I am and how I am."
"That's why I started developing some of the other characters, like really abstract from who I am or what I am. You can start being an actor and, like, start adding in more voices and start realising that not everything has to fully reflect you. The art angels are the face of it."
It's a sound plan, and one that resulted in a fully realized album that details her growth with invigoratingly bold strokes. Last month, we caught up with Boucher once again at her headline Terminal 5 show in New York, where she performed with Taiwanese rapper Aristophanes, who features on Art Angels. Watch them perform in Grimes' FADER Documentary above, and stay tuned for more behind-the-music videos like this one in the new year.