Album: Miss Anthropocene
Producer: Grimes

As Claire Boucher, a.k.a. Grimes, has continued to hone her craft since early albums Geidi Prime and Halfaxa; her production has gotten bigger, her sound has gotten weirder, and her songwriting has generally gotten more complex. “Delete Forever,” one of the standout tracks on her incredible album Miss Anthropocene, is almost the exact opposite of that trend: the simple, largely acoustic ballad finds Grimes at her most stripped-down and laid bare, the instrumentation minimal and her voice clearer and more intelligible than ever before. Of course, she doesn’t stray from strange for long, and Miss Anthropocene is rife with experimentation in her usual style. But this rare foray into simplicity is perfection. —Calum Marsh