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Halfaxa

Halfaxa

28 Feb 2011
4.3 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Jun. 2012
Format: Audio CD
One more electro-princess in the tower? Yeah why not! This time a Canadian.
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.
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Excellent LP from Grimes, in many ways her best. It's more experimental, more expansive and melodic than Visions and Geidi Primes. Lots of synths, and some of the standout tracks spotlight unusual instruments, surreal Enya-like vocals, and not quite recognisable lyrics. Some pop ditties here, but not as dominates Visions. Reminds one of Area, The Knife, Broadcast, Hex, Lykke Li, Cocteau Twins, Kate Bush.

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.
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By Camilla on 15 April 2013
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Grimes is amazing! I bought this album having not heard any of it before, only hearing her more recent stuff. This album is a bit harder to get in to as it's not as 'pop' as visions. It is worth getting if you like Grimes though, with some interesting bits. Plus she did all the cover artwork and it's incredible!
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There are plenty of hauntingly surreal and quasi-shamanic tracks full of girlish vocals; I particularly like Dream Fortress and World Princess. Grimes expresses very clearly her own kind of introverted, individualistic femininity; this I find liberating, especially but not exclusively when living as a woman.

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.
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Her strongest album, a great balance of credible innovation and pop nous
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