Grimes
Geidi Primes


3.5
great

Review

by facetheslayer666 USER (32 Reviews)
January 11th, 2015 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Witch house in development.

Usually, the artwork of an album is what first peaks my interest. This occurred with artists such as Dan Deacon, The Get Up Kids, and Sonic Youth. One day, I was in a record store, looking for new artists that tickle my fancy -- because of the artwork, this LP immediately caught my eye. I studied the skull stuffed with roses and eyes whose empty, black eyes I was staring at for about 5 minutes to completely grasp the artistic validity of the piece. Once I bought it, I was rather unsure; Grimes’ artwork is beautiful in a very ambiguous way…

Just like her music.

Claire “Grimes” Boucher, an electronic musician from Montreal, releases her dreamy, reverb-drenched, danceable debut album, ‘Geidi Primes.’ On this album, inspired by amorous security, heartfelt lyrics and the ‘Dune’ books, Grimes creates a very romantic, psychotropic world which shifts in influence from goth to ambient music, electronica to lo-fi, creating a hazy musical dream that rivals that of Balam Acab. In her album, Boucher displays perfectly the original and often intentional basis of dream pop.

Though muffled by the echoes of the vocalist’s empty heart, the lyrics seem to be a vital piece of this LP. At times, they can get very romantic and dependent: “When you say my name I know you love me /
When you touch my arm I know you care”, which appear on “Zoal, Face Dancer.” They may be hauntingly poetic: “Oh, where is my heart / I can never tell her / That she is a witch / Sewing up my heart again / Love in equal stitch” on “Rosa.” At times, these works of libretto may be strictly undefined, as on the opening “Caladan.” Flowery descriptions of failed romances complement every song well.

The vocals are also a huge part of the music on ‘Geidi Primes.’ However, unlike most other artists, her voice possesses a sort of fluffiness and flow that resembles that of Ruth Radelet. As such, rather than singing the lyrics intelligibly, she uses her skill as more of a musical instrument. This occurs on “Grisgris” and “Gambang”, where the indiscernible lyrics show the focus more on melody than ideas or lyrical content -- indeed, most lyrics-based websites can’t even separate the melodies and vocals.

The melodies presented on this album seem to be very rushed, and, at times, very repetitious. This concept is exhibited on “Rosa”, whose repeated bass riff can get very dull. It is also shown on the eastern-esque tracks, which include “Sardaukar Levenbrech”, “Venus in Fleurs” and “Beast Infection”; these tracks are all very boring and stand out among this dreamy album. As such, the songs appear to be a bit thrown-together as far as composition is concerned -- little progression can, sometimes, be appealing in pop music, but it does not work on ‘Geidi Primes.’ It underwhelms and fails to challenge the listener with new sonic textures. Also, the production favors the lo-fi aesthetic of the album in an unappealing way. Too quiet and simple, this LP fails to completely satisfy the auditor totally.

While listening to ‘Geidi Primes’, I realized what the album cover was portraying. The cover art’s ghoulish mascot, agonized by the involuntary consumption of her own eyes, now sees true beauty -- or, at least, appreciates a certain beauty which, blurred by the overproduction and hype of today’s pop music, becomes a more golden concept. ‘Geidi Primes’, though a bit underwhelming and a bit repetitive, achieves this sort of beauty very well. 3.5/5



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facetheslayer666
January 11th 2015


117 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh geez i think i screwed this one up too



facetheslayer666
January 11th 2015


117 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

geidi primes isn't really like visions

visions is more melodic and memorable



CrimsonFloyd
April 20th 2015


469 Comments


I thought this was a pretty good review, but the summary kind of attracts negs.

definitely a great album. Very similar emotions and melodies to visions, but she was still sticking to her 80s/90s synthpunk and lo-fi influences. Visions is the same mission statement, with a more futuristic sound.

budgie
January 8th 2017


22454 Comments


visions is maybe the more impressive album but this one is more fun for me to listen to. so relaxed

GhandhiLion
May 14th 2018


9474 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Least rated is actually her best

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Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
January 7th 2019


21990 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Definitely liking her early works more than her latest.

Digging: Emma Ruth Rundle and Thou - May Our Chambers Be Full

budgie
January 7th 2019


22454 Comments


have you ever listened to halfaxa?

Hawks
January 7th 2019


73886 Comments


Grimens

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
January 7th 2019


21990 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Halfaxa is my favorite from her. Can't remember if I rated it ummm...

Meridiu5
March 18th 2019


3194 Comments


nice dune references

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
April 23rd 2019


21990 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Actually this is growing on me, it may even surpass Halfaxa right now...

budgie
April 23rd 2019


22454 Comments


haha they are pretty close but halfaxa has a bit more atmosphere i think. & dream fortress & sagrad are her best tracks, imo

Lord(e)Po)))ts
December 12th 2019


60926 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

sounds like an album made by someone who doesn't know how to make music



which is what it was

Digging: Oklou - Galore

Darius The Imposter
December 12th 2019


22581 Comments


lol

GhandhiLion
December 12th 2019


9474 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Gambang

TundraL5Z
December 13th 2019


5222 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Why does the album cover look like a soundcloud rappers debut album cover, at least the music is good

Lord(e)Po)))ts
December 13th 2019


60926 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

aside from being some of the worst music ive ever heard sure



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