After the release of Art Angels in 2015, Grimes took a much-deserved break, but since then, she’s been giving periodic little updates about the possibility of new music. In April of last year, she described the new stuff she was working on as “chill vibes, downtempos, synth-y shit,” and in November, she said that she wanted her next project to be “slower and more reflective.” We haven’t heard much since then, but in an Instagram post yesterday announcing her inclusion in this year’s Harper’s Bazaar Icons list, she gave another little update:
I kno i’ve been quiet lately — in the studio every day trying to legit make something you’ve never heard before. unexplored sonic landscapes. i need another month or 2 of pure unadulterated creativity at which point i will begin finishing tracks. won’t let u down
Pure unadulterated creativity sounds good. We trust you, Grimes!
moving up in the world guys! tomorrow Grimes will be included in the #bazaaricons list! curated by the great @carineroitfeld . and shot by @brigittelacombe thank you @harpersbazaarus ! p.s. I kno i've been quiet lately – in the studio every day trying to legit make something you've never heard before. unexplored sonic landscapes. i need another month or 2 of pure unadulterated creativity at which point i will begin finishing tracks. won't let u down
UPDATE: The new songs are also apparently inspired by the videogame Dark Souls III.
won't be able to finish the book until i'm old cuz the data gathering is intensive. songs r going very well! very inspired by dark souls 3
— Grimes (@Grimezsz) August 6, 2017