Geidi Primes

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Geidi Primes
Studio album by Grimes
Released January 10, 2010 (2010-01-10)
Recorded 2009; Montreal
Genre Dream pop, baroque pop, experimental, dark wave
Length 31:32
Label Arbutus
Grimes chronology
Geidi Primes

Geidi Primes is the debut studio album by Canadian recording artist Grimes, released on January 10, 2010, by Arbutus Records. In 2011, the album was released in the United Kingdom by No Pain in Pop Records on CD and LP, containing a slightly different cover art. The album's title and several of its song titles reference Frank Herbert's novel Dune.


Grimes did not expect that the album would be successful and so assumed that no one would ever hear it. She quotes this as being behind her reasoning for the album title and track names, though has since mentioned that the "decision has kind of haunted me".[1] She has also stated that she now feels that the album was "naïve".[1]

The album's title refers to the fictional planet Giedi Prime, of the Dune universe in a series of novels by Frank Herbert, originating with the 1965 novel Dune, Grimes' favourite book.[1][2][3] The first track, "Caladan", refers to a fictional planet of the same name. The next, "Sardaukar Levenbrech", refers to the military rank of Levenbrech —roughly in between a sergeant and a lieutenant— in the fictional army of the Sardaukar. A Face Dancer, as used in track 3's title "Zoal, Face Dancer", is a type of human in the series who can shapeshift. Track 6, "Feyd Rautha Dark Heart", refers to the primary antagonist of the first novel in the Dune series, named Feyd-Rautha. "Shadout Mapes", the tenth track, refers to a minor character of the same name. Track 11, "Beast Infection", refers to the "Beast" nickname of the character Rabban.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Consequence of Sound favorable[4]
Earbuddy 8.2/10.0[3]
NME 7/10[5]
Obscure Sound favorable[6]
Pitchfork Media 7.5/10[2]
Wears the Trousers 8/10[7]

Geidi Primes received positive reviews from music critics. Pitchfork Media's Lindsay Zoladz noted the album has an "eccentric, dreamy sound, which draws upon everything from dubstep to disco, Eastern music to 1990s R&B", adding, "Despite its modest production values and relative simplicity, it's a cohesive, enchanting, and surprisingly assured debut." Zoladz goes on to opine that "perhaps Geidi Primes’s greatest virtue is its resourcefulness", stating that it "excels at crafting evocative moods from deceivingly simple sonic materials and song structures". Of Grimes as a vocalist, Zoladz found that she can "work her range", from her "impressive falsetto" to a "spooky low tone" and her "tuneful deadpan" mid-range. In conclusion, Zoladz stated that "Geidi Primes shows that even her earliest recordings displayed a distinct point of view and an oddly mesmerizing quality [...] a dreamy soundscape that invites an escape from the glitchy universe, a brief provocation to let go and just bliss out."[2]

Siobhán Kane of Consequence of Sound described "Caladan" as "almost tribal in conceit"; praised "Rosa" for its "sweet, soft voice coos, soaring around staccato-like percussion"; stated "Venus in Fleurs" brings to mind "a darkly lit underworld that sounds like someone breathing ice". Kane continued, "There is something so unusual about this record, an artifact that sounds as if it is being transmitted from space, as if it were coming from a more creative place than could be found on earth".[4] Thomas A Ward of the NME viewed the album as "an instantly accessible and intimate listen", commending Grimes for her "chameleonic approach" to the genres of the record.[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Caladan" – 2:26
  2. "Sardaukar Levenbrech" – 2:06
  3. "Zoal, Face Dancer" – 2:36
  4. "Rosa" – 3:13
  5. "Avi" – 2:36
  6. "Feyd Rautha Dark Heart" – 3:42
  7. "Gambang" – 1:34
  8. "Venus in Fleurs" – 2:43
  9. "Grisgris" – 3:23
  10. "Shadout Mapes" – 4:32
  11. "Beast Infection" – 2:21


Credits for Geidi Primes adapted from album liner notes.[8]

  • Grimes – vocals, artwork
  • Erik Zuuring – design, layout

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format(s)
Canada[9][10] January 10, 2010 Arbutus Records Cassette (limited to 30 copies), digital download
United Kingdom[11][12] September 19, 2011 No Pain in Pop CD, LP
Canada[13] January 31, 2012 Arbutus Records CD


  1. ^ a b c Farmery, Henry (August 30, 2011). "Interview: Grimes". The Stool Pigeon. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Zoladz, Lindsay (September 7, 2011). "Grimes: Geidi Primes". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b McBride, Gabe (October 3, 2011). "Grimes – Geidi Primes". Earbuddy. Retrieved February 19, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Kane, Siobhán (15 August 2011). "Album Review: Grimes – Geidi Primes". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Ward, Thomas A (September 2, 2011). "Album Review: Grimes – 'Geidi Primes'". NME. IPC Media. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  6. ^ Mineo, Mike (April 19, 2010). "Grimes' Geidi Primes". Obscure Sound. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  7. ^ Andrews, Charlotte Richardson (August 8, 2011). "Grimes • Geidi Primes (reissue)". Wears the Trousers. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  8. ^ Geidi Primes (CD liner notes). Grimes. No Pain in Pop. 2011. NPIP024. 
  9. ^ "Grimes (4) – Geidi Primes (Cassette)". Discogs. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Geidi Primes by Grimes". iTunes Store Canada. Apple Inc. Retrieved January 26, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Grimes (4) – Geidi Primes (CD, Album)". Discogs. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Grimes (4) – Geidi Primes (Vinyl, LP, Album)". Discogs. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  13. ^ "GEIDI PRIMES by GRIMES". HMV Canada. Retrieved January 26, 2013. 

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