I’ve probably been living under a rock or something, but I just started getting into Grimes and I gotta say that I’m loving it! I first heard her music when my friend showed me the video for “Oblivion”, which was Time magazine’s ninth best video of 2012. The song itself also made it to the top of Pitchfork’s Top 100 Tracks of 2012 and on Rolling Stone’s list as well. Obviously, this is a good song. The thing that really sealed the deal for me though, is her honesty and openness regarding her image, her music, her art and her fears. Something I found surprising, while reading various interviews she had done, is how seemingly unpretentious she is. One of my favorite quotes from her during a Pitchfork interview is:
“Just because something might not have a deep philosophical meaning doesn’t mean it’s not important or relevant.”
Everything from the way she dresses to the way she interacts with others leads me to believe that is she one of the quirkier ones out there, which I appreciate. She doesn’t pretend that peoples’ rude comments on the Internet don’t hurt her feelings, but she also doesn’t let them have the upper hand. She is the one making music and gaining notoriety, after all. Despite all of these wonderful things, the real moment I knew I loved her was when I read an interview she had done with Spin, opening up about the meaning behind her song “Oblivion”. Her courage to be open and honest about her experiences is admirable and therefore she has gained my respect.
“ ‘Oblivion’ embodies that kind of archetype, going into this masculine world that is associated with sexual assault, but presented as something really welcoming and nice. The song’s sort of about being — I was assaulted and I had a really hard time engaging in any types of relationship with men, because I was just so terrified of men for a while.”
Lovelies, what do you think about this video? Do you find Grime’s quirky character cute or is it not your taste?