In concert, Canadian critical darling Grimes creates a one-woman whirlwind of lush samples to conjure her catchy, electro dream-pop. Far from merely pushing play, the singer layers her angelic vocals in real time to produce otherworldly soundscapes. Her elaborate harmonies give the electronic songs a human core, due in no small part to her thoughtfully crafted lyrics. To top it off, Grimes throws trance-inducing keyboard runs over her looping beats and vocals, adding a melodic edge to tracks like “REALiTi”, “Oblivion” and “Genesis”. Appearing on Lana Del Rey’s Endless Summer Tour in 2015, Grimes promises to give ticket buyers an invigorating, cerebral experience with her extraordinary blend of human passion and technological precision.
Grimes, aka Claire Elise Boucher, was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1988. Most of her musical background comes from studying ballet for 11 years as a child, though she didn’t play any instruments until she went to McGill University in Montreal. In the late '00s she began borrowing musical equipment from her friends to produce experimental electronica under the name Grimes. The prodigious young talent soon made her 2010 cassette debut with Geidi Primes, which was reissued on CD and vinyl after she earned an opening spot for Lykke Li in 2011. Her third album, 2012’s Visions, received a Best New Music nod from Pitchfork, which also named her single “Oblivion”the best song of the year. As fans eagerly awaited a follow up to Visions, the singer released the single “REALiTi” in 2015 only weeks before she began touring in support of Lana Del Rey.