Music Review: Grimes live at Mavericks

Grimes performed a jaw-dropping set at Mavericks last night.

Set up with a keyboard and a loop-triggering console, the Montreal-based singer and producer had the the audience in a trance, wondering what world they'd just been transported to. Grimes' voice is a wonder to behold, she seems to have been dropped down from some other galaxy or time, like a fairy or a greek siren.

If I had to compare, I'd say imagine Lykke Li and Aaliyah had a child, that childs voice would be Grimes'. She possesses child-like qualities, by playing with her loop-console, and keyboard, she gives the impression of a gifted young girl playfully discovering her own talents. But the diva is there too, and when she throws her hand in the air to help describe her eloquently phrased melodies, you realise, she knows exactly what she's doing.

Listening to Grimes' recorded material (as great as much of it is), does not do her justice. It's the in-the-moment improvisations and variations which truly expose her incredible singing, and the unreleased tracks which make you feel like you've been let in on a great new secret.

Crystal Ball was standout track from last night, if you get the chance to see Grimes' in concert, don't pass it up:

1 comment:

  1. as if she came to ottawa when i just started getting into her music


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