After the conceptual video for “Vanessa,” the last thing I expected to see was Grimes (real name Claire Boucher), boombox in hand, singing and dancing at sporting events in the first video off the new album, Visions. The video for the synth-driven single “Oblivion” was directed by Emily Kai Bock and shot mostly in half-speed by Evan Prosofsky. Prosofsky used a shallow depth of field when filming Boucher inside a men’s locker room, in the stadium for a motocross rally and a football game, and finally, at a thrash dance party. The fans and players seem confused by the elfish, headphone-wearing Boucher with her characteristic candy-colored undercut and childlike, lispy voice, singing “See you on a dark night.” I was similarly confused when I first watched the video, but I liked the cinematography, and the video grew on me.

In the past few months, the Montreal-based singer and musician has blown up online, especially on Pitchfork and Gorilla vs. Bear, where she took over for a day last month aka Grimes vs. Bear. Grimes recently signed with the British independent record label 4AD, which released Visions in January. Currently on a US tour, she will be playing a sold out show at the Mercury Lounge in New York on March 23. And for those of you making the trek to Austin next week, Grimes will be playing two shows at this year’s SXSW.

Check out the video for “Vanessa” off the Darkbloom 12-inch split with D’EON and listen to “Genesis,” another track from Visions, below.

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