Quebec’s Grimes announced today that she has signed to 4AD, home of such lovelies as tUnE-yArDs, Atlas Sound, and Blonde Redhead. The upcoming album, Visions, will be co-released on February 21st, 2012, by 4AD in the United States and Arbutus Records in Canada. You can download and stream Grimes’ new single, “Genesis,” via the widget below. It’s simple, but undeniably catchy, in a breathy, female radiance kind of way.

On Visions, the lady behind Grimes, Claire Boucher, says:

“… the only means through which I can be fully expressive. It is both an ethereal escape from, and a violent embrace of, my experience. The creative process is a quest for the ultimate sensual, mystical and cathartic experience and the vehicle for my psychic purging. Visions was conceived in a period of self-imposed cloistering during which time I did not see daylight.”

Austra and Grimes were on tour last month, providing an interesting juxtaposition in female-led electronic music pairings. Grimes are definitely a cool act to back, and they’re going on tour again. See the dates below, beneath the tracklisting for Visions!

1. Infinite ♡ Without Fulfillment
2. Genesis
3. Oblivion
4. Eight
5. Circumambient
6. Vowels = Space and Time
7. Visiting Statue
8. Be A Body (侘寂)
9. Colour of Moonlight (Antiochus) (feat. Doldrums)
10. Symphonia IX (My Wait Is U)
11. Nightmusic (feat. Majical Cloudz)
12. Skin
13. Know The Way (Outro)

18th Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
19th Victoria, BC – Lucky Bar
20th Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern
21st Portland, OR – Holocene
22nd San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop
24th Los Angeles, CA – Echo
25th San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
27th Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room
29th Austin, TX – Lamberts
MARCH 2012
1st Denton, TX – Dan’s Silverleaf
2nd New Orleans, LA – LBC Quad (Tulane Univ)
3rd Oxford, MS – Cats Purring Dude Ranch
5th Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn
6th Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
7th Orlando, FL – Backbooth
8th Miami, FL – Bardot Miami
9th Savannah, GA – Savannah Stopover Festival
13th Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry
14th Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
19th Toronto, ON – Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
20th Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox
21st Baltimore, MD – Str8 Cavin
22nd Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
23rd New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
24th Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands
26th Boston, MA – Great Scott
31st Montreal, QB – Cabaret Mile End

From the press release:

“For those unaware, Grimes is the inventive work of Claire Boucher, a project that has gained notoriety since its inception back in early-2010. Moving to Montreal from Vancouver in 2006, she developed Grimes among the city’s burgeoning DIY scene; a scene where both punk ethos and pop music collide, resulting in a distinct sense of community, religiosity and psychedelic revelry. Also a prolific force, Visions will be her fourth release in less than two years…

With her creative bent being both musical and visual, her second self embodies the arts of 2D, performance, dance, video and sound, weaving them all together to strong rhythmic effect. Subsequent records have sharpened her production skills and each one has tackled different influences and styles. This new set incorporates influences as wide as Enya, TLC and Aphex Twin, whilst drawing from genres like New Jack Swing, IDM, New Age, K-pop, Industrial and glitch resulting in a record that is both otherworldly and futuristic.”

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