Grimes and Elon Musk, 2018’s weirdest couple, were basically a meme the second they stepped out at the Met Gala this year.
it’s pretty fun to imagine elon musk and grimes as the mysterious guests at a bruce wayne fundraiser who are later revealed as the batman’s new enemies.
— christo (@christobowman) May 28, 2018
my therapist: what are you anxious about
me: i’m worried that grimes is gonna break up with elon musk and he’s gonna go bald, retreat to a private island with a volcano, and build a giant mechsuit to enact his revenge by destroying the moon
my therapist: okay that ones valid
— jim, has cancer but its chill (@urvillageidiot) June 12, 2018
Apart from the destruction of the world, the other thing to be concerned about was that after months of hanging out watching anime and hitting blunts with the world’s peak idiot tech bro, the Canadian weird-indie queen’s music would now be all about disruptive forms of transport and paranoid technocrat delusions.
‘Once My Album “The Kindness Of The High Prince: He Gives Us Fast Trains,” Comes Out, People Will Understand What I See In Elon Musk’: 5 Questions With Grimes https://t.co/apleZB56ul pic.twitter.com/OgQbyevjfp
— ClickHole (@ClickHole) June 26, 2018
Her new single ‘We Appreciate Power’, well, is pretty much exactly that.
It’s all fun and 90s-throwback games until the first verse: “Simulation, give me something good … One day everyone will believe”.
Verse 2 is:
People like to say that we’re insane
But AI will reward us when it reigns
Pledge allegiance to the world’s most powerful computer
Simulation: it’s the future
Elon Musk is such an innovator he created a way to look lame smoking a blunt pic.twitter.com/dM7Ndd99QA
— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) September 7, 2018
And if you long to never die
Baby, plug in, upload your mind
Come on, you’re not even alive
If you’re not backed up on a drive
So it’s basically a collage of some of Elon Musk’s most famous thought bubbles, from his conviction that we’re living in a computer simulation to his uploadable-consciousness tech (which he did not think of first, but is legitimately trying to invent).
ah suspect someone has enfluenced grahms https://t.co/FsVS8B0DKv
— Kayleigh E. Long (@ayleighk) November 29, 2018
Possibly also a bit influenced by her collaboration with the famously android-obsessed Janelle Monae, but the Muskiness is too pungent to ignore. The couple met through a conversation about the famous AI thought experiment Roko’s Basilisk, after all.
She’s famously independent and a wildly talented producer and songwriter, and the song itself is fun as hell – let’s be clear about that. Girl does what she wants.
So if this is the aesthetic that’s important to her at this stage of her life… I mean, you do you, Grahms.
Listen to the whole thing here: