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House Playlist: Grimes, Labyrinth Ear, & Napolian

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<em>House</em> Playlist: Grimes, Labyrinth Ear, & Napolian
<em>House</em> Playlist: Grimes, Labyrinth Ear, & Napolian

Grimes, “Genesis.” Claire Boucher’s work as Grimes has always played like an exercise in arty distraction. Just when you think you’re going to get a beautiful electro-pop song (see “Swan Song” and “Crystal Ball”), she dives headlong into loop-fueled flightiness. On “Genesis,” the second single from her upcoming album, Visions, Boucher defies expectations in the opposite direction, sticking to the lilting climb of the track’s opening bassline and building on, rather than abandoning, its octave-skipping melody. There are points when “Genesis” sounds like Enya backed up by CANT, but it’s one of Grimes’s most fully realized songs—catchy without having to jettison its intricate details, percussive while melodic, and wonderfully weird. Kevin Liedel