Last night, Grimes announced the launch of her long-anticipated new album, Miss_Anthrop0cene. In a new interview with The Wall Street Journal, the art pop auteur shown additional details on the impending release. She also reaffirmed the shifting of her legal name from “Claire” to just “c”, while also revealing that she plans to kill off her “Grimes” moniker. She also spoke at length about her relationship with Tesla founder Elon Musk, who she has been dating for the last year.
In the interview, which was conducted by Ryan Bradley, Claire Boucher requested to be referred to simply as, “c” (lowercase and in italics), which is the symbol used to represent the speed of light. Though, even that name change is temporary.
“‘Claire,’ c says, “is dead and done. ” But “c” is not long for this world, either; “c is an intermediate name. ” Her new name, after c, will be something else entirely. Not even necessarily anything like Grimes, however, c says, “the main character of the book. ” In fact, c–or, for the sake of simplicity, sheis building not merely a book, but a whole world. “Like J.R.R. Or George R.R.” (Tolkien and Martin.) “Only, the songs will come first. It’ll be like Sailor Moon and Game of Thrones, and yeah, it’s super, super pretentious…. ” Conversation with c is like, well, it’s like traveling at approximately 186,282 miles per second.
Explaining that she’s “super bound by the constraints I’ve set for myself,” c intends to depart her professional moniker as “Grimes” in the not too distant future. “I think I’ll kill ‘Grimes’ soon,” she said. “It will be a public execution followed by–by something else. I shouldn’t say yet. ”
When asked her relationship with Musk, c “nearly collaps[ed] on the ground in a long, pained groan,” Bradley writes.
“Don’t tell him I groaned only now,” she says. “I groaned out of, I don’t know, feminism. I mean, he’s a super-interesting goddamn person. ” Then she stops. Up to this point, dialog has raced at a speed-of-light clip. Currently there are enormous pauses, chasms of ellipses while she talks about an entire facet of her life she seems to still be figuring out how to navigate. (Musk says via email, “I love c’s wild fae artistic creativity and hyper intense work ethic. ”)
C added that she was “only unprepared” for the public scrutiny she received after they went public with their relationship. She specifically referenced an incident in which she defended Musk after allegations he attempted to squash a union being formed at Tesla.
“I’ve just been wallowing in indie music for, like, a couple of years. … I only thought I could keep going along in my funny little way, and then you respond to someone in a tweet and it’s on Fox News, and you’re like, Ugh, you know? That was a really disturbing moment. ” She’s referring to some now-deleted tweet in which she responded to allegations that Musk attempted to squash a union being formed at Tesla. “I was like, ‘Oh, I can never tweet about…. I need to see who I f–ing retweet,” she proceeds …
“People, friends, keep being like, You shouldn’t have to change! But you know what? The world is a bitch. Accept the world. Instead of wishing it was different, determine what you have ta do and do it. ” Then, a moment later, “And look, I love him;”–she won’t even say his name, but she’s talking about Musk–“he’s great. There’s got to be some reason. I simply think…. ” And today, starting and quitting again, she begins to contort her body slightly smaller, as if disappearing into a ball. “I wish. ” Another stop. “Yeah. It doesn’t matter. ” More thinking. Contorting. Shrinking. Then she straightens up. She’s moved on. “Cool,” she says. And that’s all she’ll say about that.
She did, however, decline to deal with the continuing legal drama surrounding Musk, which came about after rapper Azealia Banks spent a weekend with the couple and divulged that Musk was on drugs and “scrounging for investors” after begging strategies to take Tesla publish. Both c and Banks have been subpoenaed in a class action lawsuit.
Elsewhere in the interview, c spoke about her new (and final?) Grimes album, Miss_Anthrop0cene, which is due out this Summer. “It’s a concept album, about anthropomorphizing climate change,” she clarified. Miss_Anthrop0cene is “like, this death god. ” But also: “It’s fun. I wish to create climate change fun. Folks don’t care about it, because we’re being guilted. I see the polar bear and want to kill myself. Nobody wants to look at it, you know? I would like to earn a reason to take a look at it. I want to make it amazing. ”
She’s planning to complement the record ’s launch with a series of elaborate visuals and PSAs, which she expects to broadcast on MSNBC.
She has this thought, though she believes it’s likely too expensive to pull off: She’s sitting naked at a table like it’s The Last Supper, only she’s surrounded by endangered-animal corpses, and she–Grimes/Miss Anthropocine–is eating the bloodied bits of raw flesh. “Like, I’m eating an elephant head. ” She’s got bigger plans even than that. “What I really want to do are these pro-apocalypse PSAs, where I light a tree on fire and I’m like–” she snaps her fingers, does jazz hands, “Climate change! Yeah. Or, I’m there eating zebras and elephants…all this terrible stuff. ”
You can read the complete interview here.
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