Grimes – Flesh Without Blood / Life In The Vivid Dream


Just in time for Halloween, Grimes has released the sanguine self-directed video for “Flesh Without Blood” / “Life In The Vivid Dream” off her forthcoming album Art Angels. The album is the long anticipated follow-up to the Canadian artist Claire Boucher’s 2012 LP Visions, and will be out November 6 on 4AD.

Despite the bloody essence of the video, which evokes imagery from that of a possessed angel to a scorned Marie Antoinette — “Flesh Without Blood” is a pretty pop number that retains her signature dark and ethereal undertones. At the end of the phantasmagorical video reveals another, more subdued and equally intriguing sound with the second piece “Life In The Vivid Dream.”

Beginning her headlining tour in the US this week, check out Boucher’s North American tour dates below, which include a sold-out show at DC’s 9:30 Club November 13.

2015 North American Tour Dates:

28th – The Showbox, Seattle WA, US [Tickets]
31st – The Fillmore, San Francisco CA, US 
2nd – Mayan Theatre, Los Angeles CA, US [Tickets]
4th – Guggenheim, New York NY, US [Tickets]
7th – Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin TX, US [Tickets]
9th – Republic, New Orleans LA, US [Tickets]
10th – Marathon, Nashville TN, US [Tickets]
11th – Buckhead, Atlanta GA, US [Tickets]
13th – 9:30 Club, Washington DC, US [Tickets]
14th – Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA, US [Tickets]
16th – Terminal 5, New York NY, US [Tickets]
20th – Paradise, Boston MA, US [Tickets]
21st – Metropolis, Montreal QC, Canada [Tickets]
22nd – Danforth, Toronto ON, Canada [Tickets]
25th – Metro, Chicago IL, US [Tickets]


So long 2012 – Sydney NYE

Now that I’m back from abroad, I’m amped to finally be sharing my list of stand-out indie tracks from the last year!

In no particular order, below are my top 50 artists and/or tracks of 2012. Since I started blogging midway through the year, some of these artists have been honored with a post prior and some have not. Thus for the sake of diversifying, in some cases the featured track below is not necessarily my favorite but a varying version of the original or new track entirely (but equally adored, obv).

1. Alpine – Hands


2. Little Dragon – Ritual Union


3. Trails & Ways – Border Crosser (Seshen Remix)


4. Air Traffic Controller – You Know Me


5. Electric Guest – This Head I Hold (their cover of Little Dragon’s Ritual Union is a must-listen as well)


6. Calvin Harris ft. Florence Welch – Sweet Nothing


7. Beat Culture – Useless


8. Tennis – Origins


9. Tanlines – S.A.W.


10. Beach House – Myth


11. Blackbird Blackbird – Running Up That Hill (Kate Bush Cover)


12. Dems – Down on You (Hannes Fischer Remix)


13. Charli XCX – I’ll Never Know


14. Lord Huron – The Stranger


15. Ellie Goulding – Figure 8 (Alias Mix)


16. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (TEED) – Tapes & Money


17. Flight Facilities – Clair de Lune (ft. Christine Hoberg)


18. Wild Belle – It’s Too Late


19. Dirty South & Alesso – City of Dreams


20. Alt-J – Something Good


21. Bumblebeez – Next to You


22. St. Lucia – Closer Than This


23. Crystal Castles – Wrath of God


24. Sky Ferreira – Everything is Embarrassing


25. Ben Howard – The Fear (Moonlight Matters Rework)


26. No Ceremony/// – Feelsolow


27. The 1975 – You


28. Ultraista – Smalltalk


29. The Zolas – Knot In My Heart


30. Southern Shores – New Love


31. Django Django – Default


32. AlunaGeorge – You Know You Like It (Bondax Remix)


33. Dan Croll – From Nowhere


34. Germany Germany – With You (ft. Kotomi)


35. Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks (The Knocks Remix)


36. Sun Airway – Close


37. Grimes – Genesis


38. Youth Lagoon – Daydream


39. Miike Snow – Bavarian #1 (Say You Will)

(Track begins at 3:05)


40. Wild Child – The Tale of You & Me


41. The Naked and Famous – Young Blood


42. Dwntwn – See My Eyes


43. Passion Pit – Take A Walk


44. Beat Connection – Think/Feel (ft. Chelsey Scheffe)


45. Grizzly Bear – Sleeping Ute


46. Years & Years – I Wish I Knew


47. MS MR – Hurricane


48. Kindness – House


49. Hot Chip – How Do You Do (Todd Terje remix)


50. Wild Cub – Thunder Clatter



These tracks also received a considerable amount of air time on my playlist this year.

1. The Xx – Sunset


2. Bloc Party – Truth


3. Cat Power – Ruin


4. Adventure Club – Retro City (Bronze Whale Remix)


5. Panama – It’s Not Over


6. Santigold – Disparate Youth


7. Phebe Starr – Alone With You


8. Viceroy – Chase Us Around – (Jay Lamar & Jesse Oliver Remix)


9. U-Tern – You Don’t Know Me


10. The Establishment – Love Like This

Grimes – Genesis

One of my favorite female artists to emerge this year is Grimes – nom de plume of Claire Boucher – a Canadian artist known for her childlike, dulcet vocals and eclectic blend of lo-fi synthpop. If you’re not yet hip to Grimes, stream and download the dream-like “Genesis” off her album Visions below.