Claire Boucher, a.k.a Grimes, and Janelle Monáe are two of the most exciting talents in the popular music industry. It seems that both women possess a ceaseless capacity to reinvent themselves again and again. They are experimental in their music, through their alter egos, and in fashion. And, neither is afraid to speak up for causes they care about. This is a risk many big stars won’t take, for fear of backlash. The above reasons make Grimes and Janelle Monáe great role models in their own right.
One of the most exciting things about Grimes’ last album Art Angels, released well over a year ago now, was a collaboration between the two creative powerhouses. Venus Fly, the twelfth track on the album, bursts with a loony energy. A driving beat makes it an easy club banger, Grimes’ breathy falsetto and whispers adds her signature strangeness and texture, and Monáe chimes in with a confrontational taunt aimed at an offending onlooker. Part-way through, an imploring violin makes an unexpected appearance and takes the track to a new dimension. Those are just my impressions from listening to the music. Grimes has released a video for Venus Fly, which she both directed and edited. This video is as visually explosive as the song is aurally. Grimes and Monáe appear as inter-galactic warrior goddesses, lavishly adorned and moving in mesmerising slow motion. It would take a few repeated views to just take in the complexity of their outfits. The colours are saturated, rich in pinks and purples — the colour grading was also painstakingly completed by Grimes, with the help of her performance counterpart Hanna. Venus Fly is a thoroughly satisfying viewing experience, quite a few notches above your standard music video. It was shot for 4000 pixel display, so I would strongly recommend watching it at the highest resolution your screen can handle. Trust me, it’s worth the buffering time.