BY TAYLOR POPE
Canadian electro-pop singer/songwriter/producer Claire Boucher, known to most as Grimes, has officially scrapped her newest album. In an interview with The New York Times, Grimes discussed her follow-up album to 2012’s Visions and why both the project and her creative process had to be abandoned. She also discussed her boycott of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
The brief interview with Boucher touches on her recent controversial track “Go,” as well as her departure from Vancouver to Los Angeles to restart the project. “Go,” a recently released single originally written for Rhianna, drew ire from many claiming Grimes had left her indie roots and sold out with the dubstep-infused track. Grimes claims to understand her audience’s point of view, and says of the album she was working on, “It sucked, so I threw it out and started again.”
She continues talking about her mindset going into the fresh project, claiming that she was “very reclusive” during the original draft’s creation. The interview concludes with Boucher’s discussion of the negative reaction she received after refusing to perform the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
The New York Times writes:
“I tried to do the A.L.S. ice-bucket challenge in a way that I thought was good” — that is, she refused, because of the drought in California and her opposition to animal testing funded by the A.L.S. Association — “and all these people with A.L.S. were like, ‘You’re the worst person ever.’ I was crying for days,” she says.
Listen to “Go” below: