“The song recounts a specific sexual assault (“One of the most shattering experiences of my life,” Grimes, who was born in Vancouver as Claire Boucher, told SPIN in 2012) by describing the psychic fallout: “And never walk about after dark/ It’s my point of view/ Because someone could break your neck/ Coming up behind you always coming and you’d never have a clue,” she lisps in her high, pinched voice. It’s a dazzling, paralyzing performance, in part because Boucher sounds almost playful, and in part because the skronking behind her—the song’s springy, propulsive synth line was one of 2012’s most unforgettable—indicates something other than victimization. “See you on a dark night,” Boucher repeats. […] But what “Oblivion” ultimately offers is victory. It’s the sound of one woman turning personal devastation into not just a career-making single, but a lasting anthem of transformation.”
wow, i never knew the backstory to this song. i remember hearing genesis and oblivion in the winter of my sophomore year and being like “whoa, i’ve never heard anything like this,” and i still love her.
Estate Sale! Off 10th & Fairlawn, if you’re curious.
Karl M Fundenberger, I swear to everything holy that you will spend the rest of your life living in fear and regret if you didn’t buy me that flipping deer phone.
I knew it would be problematic to share photographic evidence of such good stuff.