The songwriter-producer born Claire Boucher has been teasing her fifth album for a minute, this marks her first formal release of solo material since late 2015’s Art Angels. In addition to prepping her new record, Grimes’ hands have been full with fantastical music videos, ongoing collaborations alongside her global crew, soundtracks and theme songs, and, uh, that whole Elon Musk situation. Let’s revisit the action-packed period following Art Angels.
Grimes, along with Noah “40” Shebib and Imagine Dragons, announce their roles in curating the soundtrack for the “NBA 2K17” video game. Between a song from Boucher and many from the OVO camp, the playlist ends up being very Canadian.
Grimes unveils a whopping seven music videos, which she directed with her brother and shot while touring Europe. Four come from songs off Art Angels: “World Princess Part II,” “Butterfly,” “Scream,” and best of all, “Belly of the Beat,” a visual homage to Kate Bush. The remaining three videos are for songs by HANA.
Grimes contributes a bubbly theme song for the new Netflix animated series “Hilda,” which follows the adventures of an adorable blue-haired girl.
Grimes is going off with the collaborations. The first is an electro-pop song called “The Medicine Does Not Control Me” with Mindless Self Indulgence’s Jimmy Urine, followed by a Babymetal-inspired team-up with Poppy, “Play Destroy.”