Claire Boucher (born March 17, 1988), often known by her alias and stage name Grimes, is a Canadian artist, musician, and music video director.
Grimes' debut album, Geidi Primes, was released on cassette in 2010 through Arbutus Records. Later in 2010, Grimes released her second album, Halfaxa, also through Arbutus. In 2011, Grimes released a split 12" with D'eon titled Darkbloom. In May 2011 she opened for Lykke Li on her North American Tour and the following August, her debut album was re-released through No Pain in Pop Records, in CD and vinyl format for the first time. Also in 2011, she made an appearance on Majical Cloudz's single "Dream World" and collaborated with DJ/producer Blood Diamonds.
Grimes announced on her Twitter, in January 2012 that she had signed with record label 4AD. The label released her third full-length LP, Visions, in February 2012 in the United States and March 2012 in other countries with Arbutus releasing in Canada. Pitchfork Media listed Visions in their Best New Music category. Her song "Oblivion" from the album received favorable reviews from noted music critic David Hajdu in The New Republic. Grimes described writing the new album in a recent interview as being.. "equally enjoyable and tortuous but I feel like the fact that it was really hard was part of the reason that it was really good, y'know? I definitely look back on that time with fond memories, even though I remember crying and being like "I hate everything!" at the time! (Laughs) But I recorded it in my room in Montreal and it was a really good way to work"