Gauzy dresses are typically not recommended for going to battle, but Grimes seems to have her own spin on the Art of War in the visual for the song "Violence." In fact, the video that dropped on Thursday morning (Sept. 5) opens with the singer studying Sun Tzu's ancient Chinese military playbook, perhaps taking into mind the treatise's memorable advice: "all warfare is based on deception."
The pulsing, ethereal track credited to Grimes and EDM producer i_o comes to life in the clip directed by the singer and slated for her upcoming Miss_Anthropocene album (whose release date has not yet been announced.) It unfolds with Grimes reading the war manual on a set filled with women lounging in two-piece athletic gear and lingerie on a stage filled with Greek architectural elements. Singing in her signature breathy register, Grimes croons "I am like, begging for you baby/ Makes you wanna party, wanna wake up/ Baby it's violence, violence/ Baby it's violence."
Changing out of the clinging dress with a flowing white cape, Grimes reappears in a black skirt and matching bra with a red face mask to work out some robotic dance moves, including pointing gun fingers at the camera in time to the song's throbbing rhythm track. With her backup dancers armed with swords and spears, Grimes emotes to the camera amid flashes of a dancer in a white-winged mask doing a sensual battle dance.
Grimes, who released the song "We Appreciate Power" last year, has described the follow-up to 2015's Art Angels as a, "concept album about the anthropomorphic Goddess of climate Change: A psychedelic, space-dwelling demon/ beauty-Queen who relishes the end of the world… She’s composed of Ivory and Oil."