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420 Fantasy

After I read the interview with Claire Boucher / Grimes (below) in which she mentions that she had a 4:20 Mariah Fantasy and that MC is her favourite singer, I couldn’t be skeptical any longer. And I mean about what? The Montreal native has just released a gay-impact video to the pop hit single Oblivion featuring her naturally high-pitched voice.

There is only one wish: In the last scene of the video, where Claire is wearing a hoodie and then turning around, facing the camera, wouldn’t it been cute if she wore a skull mask – as a reference to the Visions album cover?

SUCH FUN!

On a side note: What is happening to me? I’m listening to more and more Canadian music. First The Weeknd, now Grimes. What’s next? Bieber?

Claire Boucher: (…) Mariah Carey is my favorite singer because her voice sounds utterly groundless. It’s not even a human voice; it almost sounds mechanical.

Pitchfork: How did you first get into Mariah?

Claire Boucher: In 2007 or 2008, I started listening to R&B on this road trip with my dad because we couldn’t agree on anything else. I smoked weed and listened to “Fantasy” and felt something I’d never felt before [laughs]– yeah, that makes me sound so ignorant. But then I slowly started gravitating more toward female singers, because I was able to relate. In medieval Christian thought, it was assumed that the better you were as a singer, the purer your heart was. I don’t necessarily think that’s true, but Mariah Carey has the voice of someone who has never done evil. (source)

Bring Out The Glass Tables

For the last few days, I could not listen to anything else but The Weeknd. It’s the r&b project of Toronto-based 21 year old singer Abel Tesfaye. He released his first free mixtape, House of Balloons, in March and the second album ‘Thursday’ followed earlier in August. Supposedly, a third long player is due before the end of the year, titled Echoes of Silence.

So, the young one is pumping it out like crazy. Got twittered, hyped, collaborated and all-in-all supported by fellow Torontonian Drake. Of course, he’s been the talk on all the bloggies and whatever else it’s called. Recently, the song ‘High For This’ was featured in the trailer for the final season of HBO’s Entourage. By now, I’m actually a little scared that I’m turning straight. Anyways, here is a pfun clip of ‘High For This’ from The Weeknd’s first ever concert at the Mod Club in Toronto, July 2011.

Most of the songs are slow, moody numbers – hot vocals, falsetto – sex & drug references on top. There are Aaliyah and Beach House samples, chunky guitar outbreaks. And this probably not the last time I’m falling for music that carries some Prince and Kanye – 808s & Heartbreak – influences.

I’m wondering, when he sings about new glass tables in ‘House Of Balloons – Glass Table Girls’, does this really mean The Weeknd is all about Glass Bottom Boats? Me thinks YES, he’s going right thurrr. Although, rapgenius says otherwise but what do they know?

And we can test out the tables
Got some brand new tables
All glass and its four feet wide
But it’s a must to get us ten feet high

Bring out the glass tables

If after all the downbeat druggyness you feel the need to crawl out from under the layers of smoke and get hit by a four to the floor beat, listen to the Prince Club remix of The Morning. Does the trick!

My favourites: Life Of The Party, The Zone, The Birds Part 1 & 2, Gone

The Weeknd – Thursday by The_Weeknd

My favourites: House Of Balloons – Glass Table Girls, What You Need, Coming Down, High For This, The Morning

The Weeknd – House Of Balloons by The_Weeknd