Grimes - Liquid Room, Edinburgh, Tue 28 Aug 2012 (4 stars)

Grimes - Liquid Room, Edinburgh, Tue 28 Aug 2012

Ryan Warburton (autopictography.com)

Understated but wonderful set to loud and receptive crowd

Having played her last Scottish date in Glasgow’s Berkeley Suite earlier this year as a solo artist, Vancouver’s Claire Boucher (aka Grimes, even though there wasn’t a note of grime played here) seems to have decided the best way to go full-band is to appear onstage as a tribute to the Top of the Pops style of the early 1990s. To her right stood a man with long blond hair and a black jumpsuit dancing as if he’d been beamed in from a field off the M25 circa 1992, to her left a bald guy with small black shades channelling the twin spirits of Vin Diesel and Right Said Fred’s Richard Fairbrass as he limply bashed a drum pad.

In the midst of it all, the silken-voiced Boucher looked overjoyed. Her music is understated but wonderful, a lo-fi electronic reimagining of the same era that her style (bottle-blonde hair, black headband) and accomplices are from, with trippy visuals to match over her stunning signature track ‘Oblivion’ and much added bass in the build-up to ‘Vanessa’. These are rich and textured party sounds, tracks for listening alone or in a crowd as loud and receptive as the one she faced here.

Grimes - Genesis

Grimes - Oblivion

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