Grimes Is Already Plotting Her ‘Art Angels’ Follow-Up, Hints At Expanded Edition

Carl Williott | April 12, 2016 10:01 am

UPDATE (4/13/16): As suspected, new Grimes material isn’t as imminent as first thought. In an effort to preempt any talk of her project being delayed, scrapped, lost, etc., Grimes has taken to Tumblr to clarify this “new material” story, basically saying she won’t be releasing anything for a while.

contrary to what some press is saying, I’m not ‘half-way done’ another record, nor will i be playing new music at upcoming shows. Of course im always working on new stuff, but i havent taken even a weekend off in years at this point, and i’ll need to chill when this cycle is over so please don’t set expectations too high.

last time, everyone wanted the visiosn follow up right away and any off-hand comment i made about new material became the weapon by which i was attacked, so to save my self grief i am publicly stating that there is no new music coming any time soon. I really need a break and I intend to take one.

I’m sure this will be referred to as a delay or a lost album or a rant/ screed/ melt down. just fyi, it is none of these things. This is literally nothing besides a ‘clarification’ that new material is not imminent.

This echoes Sky Ferreira‘s recent statements about letting her finish her album on her own timeline, and they’re both exactly right to set the terms of the conversation and call out a media/online environment that inflates and aggrandizes every single little comment an artist makes about an in-progress work.

See her full statement here, and our original post below:

Grimes is already plotting a follow-up to her acclaimed 2015 album Art Angels (which we named the best album of the year and best alt-pop album of the year). According to Stereogum, in a Q&A in the new Rolling Stone, Grimes discusses a potential release strategy for both new music and Art Angels leftovers.

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“I’m actually halfway done with another record. I’m not committing to anything, but I have a bunch of b-sides I kind of want to finish. Plus, I’ve been making a bit of new music,” she tells the mag. “With Art Angels, it was all like [growls]. This would be more chill vibes, downtempos, synth-y shit. That makes it sound boring. It’s not boring.”

When asked to clarify if these were b-sides or entirely new material, she offers an analogy most pop fans are familiar with. “You know how Lana Del Rey put out Paradise Edition after Born To Die? It would be like that. There are songs I seriously considered for Art Angels, but they fucked with the momentum when I tried to put them on the record.”

So this means we could be getting an expanded edition of Art Angels and possibly a standalone EP with just the newer releases. Keep in mind, though, that along with ANTI and what was f.k.a. Swish, Art Angels was one of the most high profile delayed-due-to-its-author’s-tinkering-and-perfectionism albums of the last couple years. She scrapped an entire LP’s worth of material before starting over again and landing on Art Angels, meaning it’s entirely possible this will all change. But it’s pretty exciting to think she has a vault of rejected material, album leftovers and new stuff just waiting for her to say “Go.”