Grimes—aka Claire Boucher—has unveiled the video she directed for “Violence,” her new collaboration with the techno DJ i_o.
The clip opens with the synth pop musician paging through a copy of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, surrounded by warriors wielding spears, swords and bows. “Baby, it’s violence / You can’t see what I see,” Boucher sings, her voice multi-tracked and treated with effects. “You wanna make me bad, make me bad / And I like it like that, like it like that,” she later smirks on the chorus.
The song previews Grimes’ highly anticipated album Miss_Anthropocene, the follow-up to 2015’s Art Angels. In the YouTube chat leading up to the premiere of the video, Boucher revealed the album cuts fans can expect to hear next: “So Heavy I Fell Through the Earth” and “4am.”
Boucher had teased both songs on social media last year, describing “So Heavy I Fell Through the Earth” as a “big heavy dark ballad’ with “that post-Burial, post-Aphex [Twin] meets ethereal digital Celtic vibe.” The track will please those who like her sophomore album Halfaxa, she said.
She also posted part of the demo of “4am,” which she described as an “eternal chav jam.” Hear the snippet below:
so this one is like my ethereal chav jam that’s like … a cyberpunk interpretation of the bajirao mastani movie (plz watch this incredible film if u haven’t) from mastanis perspective, dunno if it makes sense without the low end. these r just demos bein recorded thru my phone so pic.twitter.com/mdyXQyScj5
— ༺GRIM ≡ﾟS༻(⧖) (@Grimezsz) June 5, 2018
“Violence” follows “We Appreciate Power,” the robot-exalting stomper Boucher released last December. In March, she also dropped the demo of “Pretty Dark,” which is part of an upcoming augmented reality musical project.
While you wait for more details on Miss_Anthropocene, watch Grimes’ new video here: