Sunday, 20 March 2016
MUSIC | GRIMES AT BRIXTON ACADEMY
For someone of her stature, the pint-sized pixie that is Claire Boucher, better known by her stage name Grimes, sure does command a whole lot more stage presence than one could initially expect, a bouncing ball of constant energy that fueled the fun-loving crowd at Brixton Academy last week. I'd been patiently waiting for the day that I would get to see this experimental pop princess live, having been a fan of her music since I lived in Australia but contantly missing out since she only made it out to the festivals in Sydney and Melbourne whilst I was stuck on the opposite side of the country. I couldn't have been more pumped for the show on the day, her latest album Art Angels has obviously been top of my iPod's most played list and let's face it, Grimes is just major girl crush material and basically the coolest chick to ever come out of the music industry (at least in my eyes). I got to the venue exceptionally early and managed to nab front row position at the barrier. Despite rapidly becoming sleepier and hangrier by the minute (I did smuggle a cheeseburger in my bag in case the situation got unbearably out of hand, which the security did spot and found extremely amusing), when support act Hana Truly took to the mic, I was quite pleasantly swept out of my dull reverie. Her entrancing vocals and dreamy, atmospheric beats captivated me from the very first melody and about three songs in when she started one I would later learn was called Underwater (my personal favourite, it's absolutely magical, do check it out), I was already thoroughly convinced I needed to download all her music as soon as I got home. It's not often I feel sad when a support act is about to finish so that's definitely a testament to Hana's incredible set but she assured us that she would be back on stage with Grimes.
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