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Grimes Drops Fourth Album, Sends Message

“I just don’t want to sound current. If I sound current, it’s because I made the new current,” Grimes said about her latest album to Pigeons and Planes.

It's been a classic ride to the top of electronic stardom for up and coming producer, Claire Boucher – better known as “experimental pop” goddess, Grimes. She just released her fourth studio album called Art Angels and it's a pretty big statement to the rest of the artists out there. She calls herself wizard rock, but she's a producer first and a pretty face second. The hype is real.

As an accomplished director and artist, Grimes is not just an under-appreciated producer (she often is labeled a feminist because critics doubted she was making her own music, and she constantly defends her ability on samplers and MPCs). She's a singer with rockstar swagger – which comes from a very innocent first impression. It's difficult to really label “EDM” around her image (at least when you're relating the term to throwing cake), but in actuality she's as EDM as it gets. Her production skills have made plenty of producers question her place in the scene – especially in terms of being the best music creators – a topic that some “more” EDM artists are addressing.

And this album proves she's too hard to pin down. One of the singles, Realiti, didn't seem to be a track that Grimes even liked – and yet a completely different version of the album version has been playing in Starbucks for months – and her fans are even thanking her for adding it to the album (possibly because their bandwidth got used up for streaming it on YouTube).

Art Angels is worth the price. If you were a fan of any old Grimes records, this one has the mixture of all with modern add-ons. She's ahead of her time – and a complement to Jay-Z for discovering her. Besides “Realiti,” she has some tracks here that easily define a new genre. “World Princess Pt. II” has classic future house bounce, while most of her other tracks remind us that we're rooted in rock – with a synth pop twist.

One might argue that she's more rebellious and talented than Miley Cyrus, and that's starting to come out in her live show. Maybe not a telling stat, but Grimes doesn't even support her own music on SoundCloud. She's littered the page with reposts for artists that we've never heard of – and surely they'll pop up in our News feed in the future like Grimes did last year.

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