Bubbly with a twist: Grimes’ new album might be the Grimesy-est yet
Grimes is unapologetically herself. Yeah, she’s pretty weird, but she’s committed. She’s committed to her own aesthetic, sound and digital perception. Quite frankly, it’s impressive.
Miss Anthropocene brings back the artist’s darker side, similar to her older music, but continues to evolve ideas present in Art Angels (2015). This new album includes an array of sounds, some trendy mixes and continued collaboration with Japanese rapper 潘PAN, painting the twisted and cynical content of her tracks in an upbeat light.
Grimes imagines a digital future populated with AI robots and fast moving vehicles, and the songs on Miss Anthropocene speak true to that. “4AEM” feels as hazy and dreamy as “Genesis” with a busy twist. The album is certainly existential, and her climate anxiety, or anxiety in general, merges with a dark and tacky feel, especially in “New Gods,” that makes this album feel like a joke and a masterpiece all at once. The name itself is an obvious play on “misanthrope” and “anthropocene,” and each song is a biography for one of the four horses of the apocalypse (except there are 10).
Trial Track: “You’ll miss me when I’m not around”