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Claire Boucher speaks a different language. And Halfaxa, her second album, feels like the dictionary from which we might discern just where this being comes from. Halfaxa is simultaneously more human than Geidi Primes, and yet falls deeper into a hole of mystical obscurity. The lyrics, as throughout this album, are designed to be an additional instrument, and not necessarily a device that gives obvious meaning to the proceedings. There is a strong focus on primeval and simplistic percussion to Boucher’s music, though I am apprehensive to compare it directly to club music. Even with all the fog and barriers she presents us with, at the core of her music is the human heart. There is a heartbeat in every note. Her breath is often used as a percussive element. Somehow, Grimes says more about life through her methodology than through what she literally chooses to say. Like all great world music, her sound transcends language.
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The album is not as good as I remember Visions from listening to it on YouTube. In particular some of the tracks have electronic sonds I found a bit staccatto, beat-driven and cheesy, set to overly simple tunes; that didn't go too well with the overall mood and complexity of the album. I simply leave out from my playlists the tracks that annoy me -- and I'm left with a dreamy, creativity-enhancing experience.
Great for chillout, low key nights with others, and as artmuseum spaceout.
Best tracks: dream fortress, sagrad, world princess, my sister. Definitely recommended, and repays repeated listens.
Grimes (aka Claire Boucher) turns in a pretty decent set with 'Halfaxa'.
Even though it's largely impossible to understand what she's singing about
she creates a mood (mostly one cast in shades of grey) and isn't afraid to
run with it. Her half-heard shadowy vocals weave in and out of, or hover
over, fairly simple rhythmic arrangements draped with layers of spooky synth
and spectral harmonies. The voice is continuously swathed in a shroud of reverb
so it's actually quite difficult to ascertain her true technical capabilities.
Sometimes high, sometimes low but always with her indistinct diction stroking
rather than striking the words, she must at least be admired for her determination
to keep meaning and lucidity at arms' length. Despite her wilful obscurantism
I seem to be growing quite fond of it in a give-the-girl-a-chance kind of way!
It is impossible to listen to these sixteen tracks without being aware of
the mark that Kate Bush has made on Ms Boucher's muse. It's the high floaty
notes which do it I guess and there are an awful lot of them to contend with.
Sometimes they float ethereally in the air like wind-sprites (the woods around
these parts are full of the pesky things!) as they do in the rather lovely 'rask'
and at others getting quite frisky in an almost dance-friendly kind of way on a
track like 'sagrad *pekpaCH***' (approx - sorry I don't have the relevant font
to ellucidate further!) which, following a pedestrian introduction, settles
down into a nicely spirited groove.Read more ›
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Deep, dark, and very good. Depressing, floating tunes over-set with Clare Boucher's bubble-gum voice make for a very interesting listening experience.Published 17 months ago by James (UK)