Last September, Claire Boucher, aka Grimes, revealed that she had scrapped an entire album’s worth of new material that would’ve been the follow-up to 2012’s Visions. Today, she’s released a track off that “lost” project, a woozy synthpop jam called “REALiTi”, dedicating it to her fans in Asia.
“Since this is no longer gonna be on the album, I’m releasing it as a special thank you to everyone in Singapore, KL, Manila, Jakarta, HK, Shanghai, Beijing, Taipei, Seoul, Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo who came out to the shows! It was an honor to play with a bunch of amazing bands and travel to places I would never otherwise be able to go,” Boucher explains in the song’s official description.
She’s also quick to note its less-than-perfect quality, saying: “This song was never finished. Its a demo from ~ the lost album ~, recorded early 2013. i lost the ableton file, so its not mixed or mastered. i tried to doctor the mp3 into a listenable state, but it was poorly recorded in the first place and never meant to be heard by anyone, so its a bit of a mess haha.” Check it out below via its accompanying self-directed video, which features tour footage.