Grimes is pulling off a tricky balancing act at the moment. Beloved of blogs everywhere for her off-kilter cyborg pop, she's edging ever closer towards mainstream melodies and song structures. But, crucially, she's retaining that un-pindownable magic that makes her songs so beguiling.
Last year, she released the excellent Go, her most commercial-sounding record to date, with the caveat that it had been written for (and rejected by) Rihanna. Her newest release, REALiTi, shows that she's still working in that vein - with a hook-laden top line and (mostly) decipherable lyrics. The chorus: "Every morning there are mountains to climb," seems particularly apt for a Monday morning.
According to the singer's website, this isn't an official single - but a "special thank you" to everyone who went to see her 2013 Asian tour, which kicked off two years ago today.
"This song was never finished," she says. "It's a demo from ~ the lost album ~ recorded early 2013. "I lost the ableton file, so it's not mixed or mastered. I tried to doctor the mp3 into a listenable state, but it was poorly recorded in the first place and never meant to be heard by anyone, so it's a bit of a mess haha."
Nonsense. This is lovely.