Song of the Day #1,679: ‘Oblivion’ – Grimes

grimesThe 12th position in the Pazz & Jop poll belongs to Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style,’ a song absolutely worthy of its position. (Again, I’ve featured it on the blog already so I’m skipping it here).

At #13 is ‘Oblivion’ by Grimes. Grimes is a Canadian electronic musician whose third album, Visions, was released last year, receiving effusive critical praise. I know this only because I just read it, not because I’ve ever heard of Grimes. When did I fall so far out of the loop? Does this have something to do with me turning 40?

This song is OK. That’s about all I can say for or against it. The production is solid (but isn’t production always solid on modern music releases?) and she does some interesting things with her vocals. But is this really one of the major discoveries of the new decade? Is this the future of indie music?

Where’s the next R.E.M.? The next Elvis Costello? Where’s the next Aimee Mann or Belle and Sebastian? Are those discoveries buried so deep that even a poll of hundreds of critics doesn’t surface them? Why does Grimes rise to the top?

I never walk about after dark
It’s my point of view
‘Cause someone could break your neck
Coming up behind you
Always coming and you’d never have a clue

And now I’m left behind all the time
I will wait forever
Always looking straight
Thinking, counting all the hours you wait

See you on a dark night

And now another play I would act
If you could help me out
It’s hard to understand
Because when you’re running by yourself
It’s hard to find someone to hold your hand

And now the empathy empowers me
But I will wait forever
I need someone now
To look into my eyes and tell me
Girl you know you’ve got to watch your health

See you on a dark night


2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,679: ‘Oblivion’ – Grimes

  1. Dana says:

    Never been a big fan of electronic music and I’m not going to start becoming a fan now.

    As for your question, I think the next generation of quality artists are out there. You see it in the Ed Sheerans and Matt Kearneys and even the Taylor Swifts,Bruno Mars, funs. and Mumford and Sons of the music world. In fact, notwithstanding what seems to be this polls’ predilection for rather bland r&b and pop/electronica, I see a movement back toward appreciation of quality musicianship and a more acoustic sound about which I am rather excited.

  2. Andrea Katz says:

    Kind of catchy but lame. Like your optimistic view Dana…

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