Having released her fifth album, Art Angels, late last year, Grimes has officially hit the mainstream. She sold out the 9:30 Club in DC about 10 days ago, hit the Sweetlife Festival locally, and proved a big sensation on the second day of Moogfest 2016.
For Moogfest, Grimes performed at Motorco Park in Durham, NC, on Friday, May 20, 2016, and the place went insane. People clamored for a better view of the awkward, shy singer, who has become more and more musically accessible throughout her career.
At Moogfest, she gave the audience quite a lot of Art Angels, starting her set with “REALiTi.” Interestingly, Moogfest also hosted “an interactive installation, powered by Microsoft Kinect technology,” which was dubbed “REALiTi” after the song, in a trailer that allowed people to immerse themselves in a room playing the music of Grimes (born Claire Boucher).
Using the Microsoft motion-sensing technology, the installation allowed people to “feel” the music through specially designed speakers. It was an interesting concept.
Grimes was an engaging performer and a charmingly awkward host, given to talking fast, occasionally stumbling over words, and flashing a wide smile before intermittently retreating to her synths to let some hip-hop styled dancing girls take the front of the stage. Throughout her show, she also performed audience favorites “Genesis” and “Oblivion” from her popular 2012 album, Visions, and closed with “Kill v. Maim” from the new album.
The songs represent the best of her catalog, in my opinion, as Grimes moved away from house and more to dreampop over her career.
Here are some pictures of Grimes performing at Motorco Park on Friday, May 20, 2016, during Moogfest.