Idiosyncratic swamp nymph Grimes — a.k.a. Canadian dance music artiste Clair Boucher — turned Fun Fun Fun Fest’s Blue Stage into an interdimensional wormhole on Saturday night. As is her wont. Here are the five Grimesiest moments of the electronic, 7:25 p.m. witching hour.
5. The sounds that Boucher utters are somewhere between demonic, avian and dolphinesque. Surely, “Scream” (from the album “Art Angels,” released this week) contained guttural, animalistic birthing sounds from the singer (as well as ponytails swinging in every earthly dimension, and some non-terran planes). She also punctuated more than one sentence with a nasal yelp best described as a “meep.”
4. Not to dwell on style, but it’s certainly part of the larger Grimes art project, so here it goes. Boucher came out in a hoodie, but she soon revealed a red plaid skirt over green plaid pants with a white T-shirt and black motorcycle gloves tying it all together. Oh, and eye makeup that gave the effect of weeping out motor oil. On the wind blowing her skirt up and her smart pants-planning: “The Marilyn Monroe situation is not that scandalous.”
3. Grimes is all about sonic jigsaw puzzles. The double-trouble of “Oblivion” and “Genesis” brought the fest back to the spacey, dreamy darkness of 2012’s “Visions,” or to any given night dancing at Barbarella. (There was ribbon dancing on the latter, make no mistake.) “Realiti,” meanwhile, sat firmly in a galaxy between Björk and Madonna, and “Venus Fly” (featuring Janelle Monae on the new record) was a version of EDM that seemed like what EDM should be in a perfect world. “Kill V. Maim,” a “vampire song” that’s Boucher’s favorite track on “Art Angels,” was the ’90s club jam of anyone’s dreams.
2. With a slight lisp, Grimes was an utterly charming eager beaver. An eager beaver given to heaving roars, that is. She told the crowd that she was “integrating y’all into my vocabulary” and seemed to forget when her new album even came out.
1. Above all? Showmanship. Popping, locking, neck-rolling, robot-arming, simulated seizing, sugary vocals that worked well with the party mix of synthy sounds — Grimes, who is known to be a somewhat inconsistent performer, came correct. As one guy in the audience said, “She’s going to hard right now!”