In 2012, Grimes released Visions, an impulsive, experimental collection of pop songs that propelled the producer out of her insular Montreal scene and onto a global stage. It’s been three years since that album came out, and in the interim period, she released the much-contested song “Go,” scrapped a version of the new record, and toured with Lana Del Rey. Grimes hasn’t been quiet, but her new record has been a long time in the making. Back in May, Grimes announced that she would surprise-release an album in October, and in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, she dishes on the way it differs from her old work:
I didn’t necessarily think people were going to listen to [my other albums]. This is the first record I’ve made with an audience. I made Visions in a couple weeks. Most of those songs are like the demo track. I’d be like, “Blah blah blah,” and just keep it. This time all the songs are kind of written. You could theoretically play them all on the guitar or on the piano. In terms of the sound design, I got a lot better.
Grimes later told EW that she learned how to play violin for the new album. When EW asked if her recent single “REALiTi” would be included, Grimes responded with the following:
Just to be clear, none of the songs you released in the last year will be on the album?
By popular demand, I did try to remake “REALiTi” and it is really good now. I’m considering putting it on the record. I had to re-produce it for the live show anyway. I don’t like “REALiTi,” but everybody else does. I may put it on by popular demand, I don’t know.
She then asserted that the reason she doesn’t love “REALiTi,” or any of her singles, for that matter:
It’s a lazy song. I wrote it in 20 minutes. But I should probably put it on. I hate [Visions single] “Oblivion” too. All the songs that are singles are all songs people have to force me to do. I know that if I don’t like and everyone else likes it, then it’s probably a single. I always hate the songs that are the singles.
Read the full Q&A here.