In a move that reminds us of the wonderful spontaneity and generosity of the Internet, Grimes dropped a new track and video this morning because why the hell not? The song, called “REALiTi,” was recorded for the Canadian singer’s follow up to Visions, which she ended up scrapping last year because she thought “it sucked.” But if that album was going to sound anything like this—vaporous, beautiful, and instantly catchy—then too bad. This song ranks amongst Grimes’ strongest material, which is scary given that according to the singer, it’s not even finished. “This song was never finished,” she wrote in a note to her fans. “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.”
As for the video, which Grimes directed herself, it was shot during an Asian leg of her tour, and features her singing and dancing in front of some amazing backdrops like the Shanghai skyline. Here’s what she had to say about it:
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[.]
Watch the video below.