Recently, Grimes and her Canadian countryman Blood Diamonds wrote a song called “Go” for Rihanna. Rihanna, or her people, turned it down. And now Grimes has taken the song for herself, debuting it onstage at the Governors Ball festival earlier this month. Today, we get to hear the studio version of the song, and it’s a fascinating example of what happens when Grimes pushes her spectral, strobing pop style into a more readily digestible direction. Its gigantic globs of crowd-pleasing bass don’t distract from its straight-up beauty at all, and if this is Grimes’ new direction, I am all for it. Zane Lowe debuted the track on BBC radio today, and you can hear it below.
“It’s our summer jam so we figured we should put it out cuz I am very bored of waiting to finish my album b4 releasing new music haha,” Grimes says in a press release.
She also has a new publicity photo for the occasion. It was taken by her brother Mac Boucher. “The look is an anime elf assassin who is a big fan of Dolly Parton and Patsy Cline,” she writes.
No word on a new album yet, but it’s been about two and a half years since Visions, and it feels like we’re due. In the meantime, some tour dates:
7/19 Toronto @ Time Festival
7/20 Chicago @ Pitchfork Music Festival,
8/23 Los Angeles @ FYF Fest
8/30 Philadelphia @ Made in America Festival