These forty minutes of video are to me the possible remake of a post-mortem friendship between Mina Murray and Lucy Westenra, Victorian protagonists of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Few earthly references or feminine characters are cooler than that. The video was leaked accompanied by a bubble gum pink avant-garde manifesto written on the Mac Notes app, where they specify that everything was done without using make up, costumes, cameras or a script, but exclusively shot with mobile phones during Claire’s European tour. If you have ever asked yourself what would Polanski’s Tess or Peter Weir’s women in Picnic at Hanging Rock be like shot and revisited by a woman, this is your visual album.
While today’s pop divas tend to sit their backsides in baroque churches (Lana del Rey), orientalised temples (Katy Perry, FKA twigs) or fuse with the tradition of past queens and goddesses (Beyoncé), Grimes has always opted for roaming a much more dreamlike side in the shape of an angel, a warrior or, in this case, a spectre haunting Europe with sunglasses on over Goethe’s tomb.