Whether you've read all the year-end best albums lists or even just one, you probably noticed that Grimes' Art Angels is often mentioned—including on ours, because, duh. Our latest Fuse First artist explained the differences between creating her latest and 2012's Visions, her critically acclaimed breakout record.
"I made Visions in a couple weeks and Art Angels took me like a year. In that regard, there's a more diverse range of head spaces, where Visions, a lot of songs I made within a single day. Taking more time to write was great just in the sense that there were songs that four months before the album came out they were almost a year old at that point. I was able to step back, look at things and decide what was best, instead of kind of just throwing out everything that I made.
"I love Visions as an album, but I do feel like there's a bit of filler. I was on a deadline, the release date was set before the album was done, and there were just unfinished things. It was really just what I made in that period; there wasn't a lot of demos. For this record, I got to try out a bunch of different styles and try a bunch of different things that I probably wouldn't have been able to do."
Grimes adds that, while she recognized there was a ton of anticipation for her new LP, she found her best work when she ignored release pressures:
"I was like, 'This album has to come out before 2016' because otherwise I would probably work infinitely. I think deadlines are important, but also the songs I made before last summer, it was a super-free vibe. I've never been able to work with so much time. By the end of 2013 or 2014, people were like, 'You gotta put out an album!,' and it was really stressing me out. When I was like, 'Nah,' that's when I started making stuff I thought was good."
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