Canadian musician Grimes, real name Claire Boucher, has released Go, the song she wrote for Rihanna which the American pop star later rejected. The track provides a first glimpse of Grimes’ fourth studio album, which is still in the works.
Describing Go in a press release, Grimes has said, “It’s our summer jam so we figured we should put it out cuz I am very bored of waiting to finish my album b4 releasing new music haha.”
The track features fellow producer Blood Diamonds, and is backed by a trip-hop rhythm, topped with icy vocals from Boucher and some synth work which takes cues from EDM and J-Pop. Grimes debuted the song live earlier this month.
Grimes also designed the song’s cover art herself, calling it “weirdly a prophesy” on her official Tumblr page. The artwork depicts her brother’s girlfriend Hana, and the man who mixed the new song, Ray.
As for her new press photo (above), Grimes took to her Tumblr to say, “This is the first time I’ve been able to art direct my own press photos which makes me really happy. The look is an anime elf assassin who is a big fan of Dolly Parton and Patsy Cline.”
Grimes’ most recent album is 2012’s Visions. Stream or download Go, below.
Listen: Grimes – Go (ft. Blood Diamonds)