Miss Anthropocene
Miss Anthropocene

Miss Anthropocene
Miss Anthropocene (originally announced and stylized as Miss_Anthrop0cene) is the fifth studio album by Canadian musician Grimes, released on February

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2020 studio album by GrimesMiss AnthropoceneStudio album by GrimesReleasedFebruary 21, 2020Recorded2017[1]–2019[2]Length44:40Label4ADProducer Grimes chronology Art Angels
(2015) Miss Anthropocene
(2020) Deluxe edition cover Singles from Miss Anthropocene
  1. "Violence"
    Released: September 5, 2019
  2. "So Heavy I Fell Through the Earth"
    Released: November 15, 2019
  3. "My Name Is Dark"
    Released: November 29, 2019
  4. "4ÆM"
    Released: December 13, 2019
  5. "Delete Forever"
    Released: February 12, 2020

Miss Anthropocene (originally announced and stylized as Miss_Anthrop0cene) is the fifth studio album by Canadian musician Grimes, released on February 21, 2020[3]. It was officially announced on March 19, 2019.[4][5] The album's name is a pun on the feminine title "Miss", and the words "misanthrope" and "Anthropocene",[6][7] a neologism popularised in the year 2000 by Paul J. Crutzen that was proposed to denote the current geological age the Earth is in.[8][9] The album is a loose concept album about an "anthropomorphic goddess of climate change" inspired by Roman mythology[10] and villainy.[11] Miss Anthropocene is Grimes' final album on record label 4AD, to which she has been signed since 2012.[12] Sonically, the album is a departure from Grimes' 2015 album Art Angels: Miss Anthropocene is primarily darker in style containing inspiration from the sounds of nu metal and ethereal wave compared to Art Angels' brighter and more upbeat sounds.

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On December 16, 2017, Grimes responded to fan on Twitter that she had "played label new music", indicating that something would be released soon.[10] Among marked disagreements with her record label 4AD,[12][13] Grimes later announced that she had hoped to release a new album in 2018.[14] On February 24, 2018, Grimes revealed that she was in the process of recording two albums[12] to follow up her 2015 album Art Angels. In May 2018, some working titles were shared via her Instagram story.[15] In June 2018, Grimes was featured in Apple's Behind the Mac advertisement campaign in which a snippet of a song titled "That's What the Drugs Are For" was featured.[16]

The album's title was announced on March 19, 2019. Grimes explained that the album would be a concept album about an "anthropomorphic goddess of climate change" in which "each song will be a different embodiment of human extinction".[4] Grimes explained that she "love godly personifications of abstract/horrific concepts", pointing to the Roman god of war Mars as an inspiration; and that by making a personification of climate change she hoped that it would "maybe ... be a bit easier to look at" and not be "just abstract doom".[10] In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Grimes further explained that "people don't care about it , because we're being guilted." Grimes stated that she wanted "to make climate change fun" and "make a reason to look at it".[17]

Miss Anthropocene's darker themes were also inspired by Grimes' reputation during the album's creation. Grimes elaborated in her interview with Crack Magazine that she had been made out to be a villain in the media due to large publications misrepresenting things she had said and the media's criticism of her relationship with Elon Musk, claiming that publications The New Yorker, The New York Times, Vice, and The Guardian had spread falsehoods about her, deriding that "we really do live in a post-truth society". Grimes stated that if she was going to be "stuck being a villain" then she wanted "to pursue villainy artistically", saying that it is "a really fun idea" to her, naming characters The Joker and Thanos as inspirations.[11]

In an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music's Beats 1 radio station, Grimes revealed that Miss Anthropocene had actually been finished for some time and she was already working on her next album, which would be a "techno-pop album" where she "works with favourite producers". Grimes mentioned that despite it being her favourite album, she had already "moved on" from the dark themes of Miss Anthropocene, which were caused by "a fair number of things that were going on at the time ." She also stated that the song "Violence" was intended for the unnamed sixth album but was included on Miss Anthropocene because the track "feels good". In this interview Grimes also stated that one of the reasons for the album's delayed release was the death of her former manager Lauren Valencia from cancer in July 2019,[18][19] an event which impacted Grimes greatly.[20]


Miss Anthropocene was released on February 21, 2020. An unfinished version of the album leaked in October 2019, months before the official announcement. A final version also leaked only a month later.

Originally billed to be the first single from the album,[21][22] "We Appreciate Power", featuring American singer Hana, was released on November 29, 2018. The track was met with praise from music reviewers who acclaimed the song's electronic rock sound and lyrics revolving around themes of transhumanism and artificial intelligence.[23][24] It was also noted that Grimes had been in a relationship with technology entrepreneur Elon Musk since 2018,[25] leading to speculation that the song was inspired by him and his work.[26][27] On November 15, 2019, it was revealed the track would only be included on the digital deluxe edition and Japanese CD release of the album.

In an Instagram post published on August 13, 2019, Grimes announced the first official single from Miss Anthropocene would be released on September 13, 2019.[28] This post was deleted shortly afterwards. On September 3, 2019, Grimes deleted all of her Instagram posts then announced in a new post that a song would be released on September 5.[29][30] The song, originally speculated to be titled "A New Way to Die" due to the caption of her Instagram post, was clarified later to actually be called "Violence". The track features American DJ i_o.[31] Dazed praised the track's "thumping kickdrum and synth arp bassline".[32] while the song's music video was acclaimed for its choreography featuring "mock pistol-firing and swordplay" as stated by Variety.[33] During the music video's premiere on YouTube, Grimes announced that she would be releasing two songs, titled "So Heavy I Fell Through The Earth" and "4ÆM", as the album's next two singles although no release dates were given.[34][35]

On October 15, 2019, Grimes revealed via a reply to a fan on Instagram that physical copies of the album were in the process of being pressed.[36]

The second official single from Miss Anthropocene, "So Heavy I Fell Through the Earth", was announced via Instagram on November 11, 2019, and released on November 15, 2019.[37][38] The cover art and track listing for Miss Anthropocene were also unveiled on November 15. The track received positive reviews from critics who commented on the track's slower and darker sound compared to the previous single "Violence", with NME stating that it felt like a "slow-motion fall through the cosmos", noting the track's "thick layers of bass" and "Grimes' dangling voice".[39] Pitchfork labelled the track a "six-minute downtempo odyssey" with "forceful theatrics".[40]

The third single from the album, "My Name Is Dark" — originally titled "That's What The Drugs Are For"[41] — was released on November 29, 2019. The track's nu-metal sound was praised by many publications, with Stereogum calling it a "dark and gritty electro-rocker" with a "menacing guitar riff".[42] A lyric video for the song was released on December 3, 2019.[43]

On December 13, 2019, Grimes premiered the fourth single from Miss Anthropocene, "4ÆM", at The Game Awards 2019 during the segment dedicated to the soundtrack of the upcoming video game Cyberpunk 2077.[44][45] Grimes also announced that she is the voice actor for a character in the game named Lizzy Wizzy.[46] "4ÆM" samples the song "Deewani Mastani" from the Bollywood film Bajirao Mastani[47] and was described by Grimes as being a "cyberpunk interpretation" of the film. NME named the track "suitably futuristic"[48] while other reviewers praised the song's drum and bass beat and ethereal vocals, noting similarities to songs from Grimes' 2010 album Halfaxa.[49][50]

The fifth single from the album, "Delete Forever", was released on February 12, 2020. The song was inspired by Grimes losing six of her friends to heroin overdoses and the numbness Grimes felt following their deaths.[51] It was written on the same night that emo rap artist Lil Peep accidentally died after overdosing on a fake Xanax pill that was laced with fentanyl.[52][53] In an interview with Genius, Grimes explained that she wanted the song to have a sound that is "opposite" to the music she normal makes, with a "raw punk" feel and a "super clean vocal" with no digital processing and effects.[54]


Miss Anthropocene received critical acclaim from music critics. On review aggregator website Metacritic it has an overall score of 82.[55] Writing for The Independent, Adam White acclaimed the dark themes and wide range of sounds on the album, saying that it "operates much like a greatest hits record". He directed praise to the album's slower songs, particularly So Heavy I Fell Through The Earth and You'll Miss Me When I'm Not Around, comparing the latter to songs by 'Til Tuesday and Bauhaus.[56] Alexis Pretridis of The Guardian praised the "prosaic, realistic and affecting" lyrics throughout the album while questioning its concept and criticizing some of its "musical experiments" such as the chorus of 4ÆM and the "smeared" vocals of New Gods.[57] Rhian Daly of NME expressed a similar opinion in regards to the album's concept, calling it "fragmented ... rather than being a unifying thing to tie every song neatly together" and praised Miss Anthropocene's mix of sounds, pointing to the "eerie" New Gods and "intergalactic rave-pop" Violence as highlights while acclaiming the album's "euphoric" closer Idoru.[58]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Claire Boucher, except where noted.

Standard edition[59]No.TitleLength1."So Heavy I Fell Through the Earth" (Art Mix)6:082."Darkseid" (with 潘PAN)3:443."Delete Forever"3:574."Violence" (with i_o; writers: Boucher, Garrett Lockhart)3:405."4ÆM" (writers: Boucher, Ganesh Chandanshive, Siddharth-Garima, Sanjal Bhandari, Nasir Faraaz)4:306."New Gods" (producers: Grimes, Dan Carey)3:157."My Name Is Dark" (Art Mix)5:568."You'll Miss Me When I'm Not Around"2:419."Before the Fever"3:3710."Idoru" (Art Mix)7:12Total length:44:40 Japanese CD edition bonus track[60]No.TitleLength11."We Appreciate Power" (featuring Hana; writers: Boucher, Hana Pestle, Chris Greatti)5:35Total length:50:15 Deluxe digital version bonus tracks[61]No.TitleLength12."So Heavy I Fell Through the Earth" (Algorithm Mix)3:5213."Violence" (with i_o) (Club Mix)4:1214."My Name Is Dark" (Algorithm Mix)4:0315."Idoru" (Algorithm Mix)4:46Total length:67:08


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