Grimes understands, better than most, how much an intense and singular visual presentation can add to a performance. Last night, she was the musical guest on The Tonight Show, where she performed “Flesh Without Blood,” the lead single from Art Angels, our favorite album of last year. And she made a fucking event of it. She wore a fancy Zac Posen ball gown with a crazy lit-up LCD belt, later explaining on Instagram that it was her first time singing in a corset. She sang in front of a flashing, hypnotic dance display. She and backing musician Hana Pestle traded off guitar and electronics mid-song, while two dancers went off in front of her. It was really something — several universes beyond the typical “band plays song on late-night show” setup. Check it out below.
Art Angels is out now on 4AD.