Genesis (Grimes song)

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Single by Grimes
from the album Visions
ReleasedJanuary 9, 2012 (2012-01-09)
RecordedAugust 2011
Grimes singles chronology
"Phone Sex"
Music video
"Genesis" at YouTube

"Genesis" is a song by Canadian singer and songwriter Grimes, released on January 9, 2012 as the lead single from her third studio album, Visions (2012).[1] The song is one of Grimes' most successful releases so far, as a result of the song's music videos becoming viral, mostly through micro-blogging site Tumblr. The NME placed the song at number 16 on its list of 50 Best Tracks of 2012.[2]

Music video[edit]

The self-directed video for "Genesis" premiered on August 22, 2012.[3] It was filmed in Los Angeles and co-stars rapper and stripper Brooke Candy, whom Grimes describes as "a very contemporary muse". In the video, Grimes is seen alongside a group of friends while driving an Escalade in the desert, holding an albino python in the back of a limousine, and posing in the woods. She said of the concept of the video: "It's loosely based on this painting by my favorite painter, Hieronymus Bosch, called The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things. I wanted to play with Medieval/Catholic imagery. I was raised in a Catholic household and went to a Catholic school, and my childhood brain perceived medieval Catholicism as an action movie: There's this crazy omnipresent guy who can destroy you at any moment."[4]


Chart (2012) Peak
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[5] 37

Track listings[edit]

  • Digital download[1]
  1. "Genesis" – 4:15
  • Limited-edition cassette single[6]
A. "Genesis" – 4:15
B. "Ambrosia" – 3:31


  1. ^ a b "Genesis – Single by Grimes". iTunes Store (US). Apple. Retrieved February 22, 2012.
  2. ^ "Album and Tracks of the Year". Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  3. ^ "Watch The New Video for 'Genesis' by Grimes". 4AD. August 22, 2012. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
  4. ^ Battan, Carrie (August 27, 2012). "Director's Cut: Grimes: "Genesis"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
  5. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  6. ^ Yin-Wong, Flora (March 20, 2012). "EXCLUSIVE: Grimes Cassette Tape Treasure Hunt". Dazed. Retrieved December 14, 2015.

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