Boldly taking a leap over the to the pop side.

Words by

Luke Forester

Grimes has long stood in the middle of the increasingly tiresome battle between the indie and pop scenes. The success of her last album Visions only added fuel to the fire, as us indie kids scratched our heads and asked "are we allowed to like this?"

Art Angels shows Grimes clearly and boldly taking a leap over the to the pop side. The bouncy, summery guitar of the opening bars of 'California' make this clear. 

Grimes' voice is also no longer shrouded under echo and distortion – it's pushed to the front of the mix. These are catchy pop melodies and she wants to make sure you hear that.

Fans of her older material will still find some consolation in the meticulous production work put into the record. She's still a pro at fitting a ridiculous number of synths and drum patterns into every track.

If you're still wondering whether it's OK to like Grimes, it might be time for you to embrace the pop side of life. 


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For anyone who loves them as much as I.
We get it, Zayn. You like having sex.
Totally unnerving.
They seriously know their way around a four-part harmony.
Possibly the best singer in the whole world.
Following the coolest summer break ever.
Heading into darker, more abstract territory.
Dreamy pop done right.
This is pure pop music: the sugary, possibly bad for your health kind.
It literally sounds like the band has used all the colours in the crayon box for this release.
Worth an uninhibited bedroom dance or two.
After two years of nothing but excellent Tweets, Grimes is making music again.