At a time when millions of people are forced to remain home amid strict social distancing measures, music fans are being tasked with finding new ways to get their sonic fix.
While here at Far Out Magazine towers we have been dipping into the archives to add a bit of nostalgic entertainment to our routines, we decided to follow the advice of Claire Elise Boucher — AKA Grimes — and follow some of her last recommendations to soundtrack our days.
Grimes, the hugely popular Canadian singer and musician who shot onto the scene after signing to major record label 4AD and releasing her third studio album Visions in 2012, has been prolifically delivering her creative vision in many differing mediums ever since.
Famously incorporating elements of contemporary pop music with that of hip-hop, dream pop and electronic music, Grimes has managed to forge her own distinctly unique sound and style which has been solidified by the release of her fourth studio album Art Angels in 2015 and, most recently, her fifth studio album, Miss Anthropocene, which was released earlier this year.
Despite enjoying success in recent years, the ride to mainstream acclaim has not always been an easy one for Grimes. Producing music prolifically prior to her big break, the musician solidified her solid foundations by always insisting on a strong sense of inner-belief and a clear vision of the artist. “I don’t want to have to compromise my morals in order to make a living,” she is once quoted as saying. “I can’t censor myself; it’s really important for me to say how I feel,” she added.
The clear path to her current state of creativity is one she has always strived toward, focusing on music and expression from early childhood. “From an early age I knew I would be unhappy if I wasn’t doing something creative,” she explained.
“If you focus too much on the development of the visual angle, it could be a detriment to what you’re doing musically. “Whenever I’m making music I’m always waiting for the shivers to happen – that’s an important thing for me.”
“Art gives me an outlet where I can be aggressive in a world where I usually can’t be,” Grimes said in a past interview. “Just because something might not have a deep philosophical meaning doesn’t mean it’s not important or relevant.”
Here, as we look for a period of light relief amid these uncertain times, we’re revisiting a past entry on Grimes’ old Tumblr page in which she listed a selection of songs she considers to be some of her all-time favourites.
See the full list, below.
Grimes’ favourite songs of all time:
- Lauryn Hill – ‘Killing Me Softly With His Song’
- Butthole Surfers – ‘Pepper’
- Chris Isaak – ‘Wicked Game’
- Beyoncé – ‘Single Ladies’
- Prince – ‘When Doves Cry’
- Marilyn Manson – ‘The Beautiful People’
- Burial – ‘Archangel’
- Rihanna – ‘Only Girl’
- OutKast – ‘Ms. Jackson’
- OutKast – ‘Hey Ya!’
- OutKast – B.O.B.
- Tool – ‘Ænema’
- Mariah Carey – ‘We Belong Together’
- Taylor Swift – ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’
- Alicia Keys – ‘If I Ain’t Got You’
- Patsy Cline – ‘Crazy’
- Majical Cloudz – ‘I Do Sing For You’
- Lana Del Rey – ‘Ride’
- M.I.A. – ‘Bucky Done Gun’
- Enya – ‘Boadicea’
- Dolly Parton – ‘Jolene’
- Elliott Smith – ‘Between The Bars’
- Missy Elliott – ‘Pass That Dutch’
- Joanna Newsom – ‘Cosmia’
- Skrillex & Wolfgang Gartner – ‘The Devils Den’
- Mazzy Starr – ‘Fade Into You’
- Katy B – ‘Louder’
- Themselves – ‘Grass Skirt & Fruit Hat’
- Kanye West – ‘Lost In The World’
- Azealia Banks – ‘212’
- Animal Collective – ‘In The Flowers’
- Nine Inch Nails – ‘March Of The Pigs’
- Paramore – ‘That’s What You Get’
- Flow Child – ‘Less Of It, More Of Having’
- Nicki Minaj verse on Kanye West song ‘Monster’
- Portishead album ‘Dummy’
- All of Swan Lake
- Ghost In The Shell Soundtrack