In its review of her latest album, The Guardian highlighted the fact that she went into complete seclusion for three weeks and sustained herself on a steady diet of amphetamine in order to finish the record on time, describing this artist as “one to watch.” One to watch she surely is, and nice to look at, too: she has an eerie look and a naïve gaze –in a good way. I am talking about Claire Boucher, a.k.a. Grimes; and if you like Neon Indian, she’s definitely someone you should check out.

Her influences are quite eclectic, and range from mainstream pop to medieval songs. Her music is eclectic, too, but in a way that tends to slide easily into the vast ocean of pop, at least to the untrained ear. Because of this, she has been the object of all kinds of comparisons, from The Cure to Madonna. There’s something dark, yet uplifting about her music, and her voice is quite unique. Her Facebook page describes her as a “curator of culture” because of the way she mixes influences and references; for us, that within itself makes her an honorary Latin artist. And she’s a painter, too.

If you’re in New York, go see her tonight for FREE at Pier 84, at the Hudson River. That’s August 9th at 6:00 p.m. You won’t be disappointed.