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I’m upset at myself for reading any further after her credentials were mentioned in her intro (Oooh, Spin AND Billboard?) Christ, I pity the writers that have to work under your executive tonedeafness. I thought Pitchfork was the height of pretension but at least their obnoxiously long intros eventually segue into valid and generally well though out criticism.
I know stereogum has generally become this middle of the road blog for aging and generally irrelevant thirty somethings that are still holding onto an early two thousands era of “indie music” that is quickly being surpassed by music that is innovative (and covered elsewhere) but this rapid out-of-touchness is so much more succinctly captured by your dismissal of Grimes.
Following your lead of shallow and tepid research for your “deconstruction” we could take a glance at your Facebook page and see that your top artist is “Best Coast.” I caught her live about two years ago and girl could barely play guitar live. Not to mention her music -although catchy- is so derivative that isn’t even in the same league as Grimes. While this may be uncomfortable to hear but many emerging and new artists have more ideas at first than technical skills. This what’s known as talent and it’s often the case that a handful of artists clearly have a sixth sense for melody that transcends their immediate ability to capture it flawlessly. Listen to demos of just about any classic band and you’ll hear they all evidence this “amateurishness.” Try listening to Madonna’s first album recording session demos and Grimes album sounds downright polished compared to it.
It’s not enough that you question her womanhood by comparing her to artists that really only share a passing resemblance to the uninformed music listener, but it’s even more painful to shed any light on the your frankly embarrassing callousness within your deconstruction of her music that’s mostly based not on merit but because of your alignment with a sea of similarly out-of-touch detractors.
I know this is all wasted breath on someone who is clearly never going to get it, or at least will secretly rescind her stance a few months or years from now when Claire records in a proper studio and “cleans up her sound” enough for average music listeners like you to understand. The fact that you never delve deeper than a few years back in time to “deconstruct” an artists entire is really all one needs to dismiss your entire critique. Thank god for that commenters link (http://goo.gl/N2VXd) last week to A TRUE deconstruction of Grimes sound, not through pretentious uninformed ramblings but by actually compiling a mixture of sounds and artists that influenced her and recall that moment in a musicians career where the talent exceeds the production.
She also just compiled and put out this killer mixtape of her influences: