Lana Del Rey has interviewed Grimes about her new album Miss Anthropocene in a new piece for Interview. After a brief discussion of their respective whereabouts, Lana asks Grimes, “Do you feel like the songs are more personal, or do they have the overculture weighing on them?” Grimes replies:
A bit of both. I’m really obsessed with polytheism. I love how the
ancient Greeks or the ancient Egyptians lived in this weird anime
world where there were just tons of gods that could be anything. It’s
like every form of suffering had a representation. I wonder if it
almost has a positive psychological effect. If your kid dies in a war,
you can literally go speak to War and be like, “Why did you do this?”
Or, “I hope you did this for a reason.” There’s a weird philosophical
justification for all pain, and there’s an anthropomorphization of
every form of pain. In our current society, we don’t even know how to
talk about things. So my album’s about a modern demonology or a modern
pantheon where every song is about a different way to suffer or a
different way to die. If you think about it, god-making or
god-designing just seems so fun. The idea of making the Goddess of
Plastic seems so fun to me.
Later, they discuss religion and mysticism (“Mysticism is an evolutionary byproduct. I think we’re inherently religious, even if we’re not explicitly religious,” Grimes says.), collaborating with other female artists, writing while in love, and more.
Grimes also spoke with Brit Marling for the Interview piece. Among their topics of conversation is artificial intelligence, with Grimes telling Marling, “What scares me is an artificial intelligence getting online, seeing everybody’s search history, and then blackmailing all of us into doing whatever it wants. It just feels inevitable. We’ve all sent weird e-mails or texts. Even if there are laws to prevent that, there will eventually be a sentient technology that is smart enough and strong enough and has access to take everyone’s shit, and then can make anyone do whatever it wants, Jeffrey Epstein–style.”
Check out the full piece, called “A Tale of Two Grimes: The Enigmatic Pop Star in Conversation With Both Lana Del Rey and Brit Marling,” at Interview.
Miss Anthropocene is Grimes’ long-awaited follow-up to 2015’s Art Angels. The album, which includes “Violence,” “So Heavy I Fell Through the Earth (Art Mix),” and “My Name Is Dark,” comes out February 21.