Grimes is weird pop influenced by styles
such as R&B, Industrial, goth, hip hop and Western medieval organum.
She is noted for simple but strong percussion, vocal virtuosity, and
addictive melodies. Despite having little acquaintance with music
before the age of 18, Grimes (born 1988) has overcome this barrier and
used it to her advantage, exploding onto the music scene with a sound
that is that is far different from that of her peers, and extremely
broad in it's references (Mariah Carey, Salem, Cocteau Twins, Gang Gang
Dance, The Smiths, Prince). And yet, while all Grimes songs are
different and genre-bending, there is a strong sound that is fully her
own, characterized primarily by her chameleon-like voice.
She cannot read music and has no understanding of theory or
notation, so her attempts to imitate often fail. Rather, the result is
particularly unique, strangely beautiful, sometimes scary, frequently
melancholic and catchy as hell.