It’s been more than a year since Grimes released her maximalist art-pop masterpiece Art Angels, but the Canadian singer and songwriter hasn’t stopped squeezing every ounce of surrealistic juice from that album’s tracks. Her latest project is a music video for “Venus Fly”, an Art Angels standout featuring Janelle Monáe.
Grimes directed and edited the incredible seven-minute visual herself and appears alongside Monáe. Both are dressed as mighty, futuristic warriors, complete with swords of fire. Watch the full video via TIDAL, which also includes an alternate version of “Venus Fly” toward the end. Update: You can now stream it via Grimes’ YouTube.
In an Instagram teaser clip yesterday, Grimes wrote about the video and how it relates to today’s current political climate:
#TidalXVenusfly ::::: streaming exclusively on Tidal Feb 2 :::::: ———————– sometimes it feels futile to be making art in this cruel and extreme political climate, but some of the brightest moments of the last few months for me and for a lot of you, i suspect, have come from seeing @janellemonae 's amazing and positive vision of the future, especially when we are being introduced to so many possible dystopian futures. Thanks to for giving so much time, energy and creativity to this project 👁👁👁 as a director editor, creative director i also feel like is my strongest work, and i can't wait to share w y'all. thanks @tidal for being amazing patrons of the arts!! and @route_eleven !🤘🏻my amazing team! (i know i just used amazing twice but woke up and my mind is devoid of adjectives at this early hour)————> forgot to add earlier #femthefuture
Alongside the video, Grimes has shared a new playlist dubbed “Grimes’ Deep Vibes”. It features some very vibe-y tunes from the likes of Lana Del Rey (“Art Deco”), The Smashing Pumpkins (“1979”), Rihanna (“Higher”), Dixie Chicks (“Landslide”), and D.R.A.M. (“Broccoli”). Hear the whole thing below or over on TIDAL.