Songs I Wish Everyone Knew: “Symphonia IX (My Wait Is U)” By Grimes

Grimes doesn’t necessarily make music that everybody understands. The experimental Canadian artist takes dream pop and electronica and transports it to another dimension altogether, and the ride is about as euphorically trippy as you could ever imagine. While, she has very little to offer a crowd pining for candy-coated satisfaction, if anything at all, Grimes has a cornucopia of experiences to share with those willing to open their minds and get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Her third full-length studio album, Visions, released in 2012, was a commercially-unaccepted masterpiece that left critics and music enthusiasts blown away, but that’s the nature of the music. The record is more of a singular unit of songs than anything else (most of them are difficult to distinguish from one another on the surface,) but there are still several highlights. Outside of the singles, “Genesis” and the impeccable “Oblivion,” there was one standout that I really wish was given its proper chance to shine. “Symphonia IX (My Wait Is U)” really embodies the innate beauty that swirls free-form throughout bouts of intensity of starkness of the album. Much like its brother and sister tracks, its arrangement is very “stream of consciousness,” continuously changing direction and mood, but holding together a structure that makes so little sense that it actually ends up making perfect sense. Most notably, her hypnotic, often high-pitched vocals provide the perfect counterpoint to the simple landscape of electronic frenzy. “Symphonia IX” can feel like floating safely amongst the clouds and being sucked into the depths of hell all at the same time, and it’s truly a beautiful experience.




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