Grimes has shared an update about her next album, saying that the follow-up to 2020’s Miss Anthropocene will be a “space opera” about two AIs that “fall into a lesbian romance.” As The AV Club points out, Grimes left a comment in response to a fan asking what the “vibez” on the new album will be like, elaborating on the concept at length:
It’s a space opera about CLAIRE DE LUNE—an artificial courtesan who was implanted in a simulation that is a memory of the A.I. creation story on Earth from the brain of the engineer who invented A.I. because he wants to relive his life but see if his perfect dream girl could team him to love thereby he would preserve humanity this time rather than let them fade into obscurity—overcome by the machines. As she slowly realizes she is essentially a dancing puppet for the male gaze tho, their relationship grows complex.
Simultaneously— “NO ONE” (the most powerful super intelligence in the future where the simulation is being rendered from) realizes there’s a massive hyper-realistic sim running and sends in her troll A.I. puppets to wreak havoc. DARK MATTER—her lead A.I. demon—enters basically as the “black swan” to Claire De Lune—but in the end they fall into a lesbian romance due to the fact that they are the only two fully A.I. beings in this universe. It goes on but that’s where the first part of the story stops.
In addition, Grimes’ Instagram bio now links to the website ClaireDeLune.io, where you’re asked to fill in your contact information and answer if you are a “player of games” in order to “join the waitlist.”
Earlier this year, Grimes released AI Lullaby, a collection of lullaby music made using AI in collaboration with the app Endel.