The Best tracks of 2015, #6

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6. Grimes, “Kill V. Maim”

The most overtly commercial sounding song on a wildly quirky new album by Grimes, typically, makes no sense when you dig deep. According to Claire Boucher, it’s a sketch of Al Pacino circa Godfather Part II, “except he’s a vampire who can switch gender and travel through space.” But Grimes is not an artist that requires lyrical analysis. It’s all about that instinctive songwriting style of hers, and “Kill V. Maim” is a ferocious banger featuring some outrageously playful vocals that feel like several anime characters singing at once. And the hooks are phenomenal, from the “B-E-H-A-V-E” bit, to the “I don’t behave” squealing, to the beautiful EDM hook line, “Because I’m only a man, I do what I can.” When the surface is so gloriously glossy, who needs depth? (Spotify) (iTunes)

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