John Grant new release - Global Warming

2016 continues to be an eventful year for John Grant. Last month saw him perform at a sold-out Royal Albert Hall joined by none other than Kylie Minogue for an inspirational performance of Glacier, as well as old friends Richard Hawley and Cate Le Bon. This was followed by a storming set at Latitude in mid-July while this weekend will see him make a headline appearance at the WOMAD festival. In other news, John has today unveiled an incredible video to new single “Global Warming”, taken from his third album Grey Tickles, Black Pressure. The video sees John reunited with Casey Raymond and Ewan Jones Morris, the Cardiff-based filmmakers and multi-media artists who directed his early videos for Marz and Chicken Bones. Of the video Casey and Ewan say: “This is the third video we’ve made with JG, the first two dating way way back to his first album. It involves a day in the life of John as the last man on earth, just trying to find stuff to do to occupy his remaining time, which largely involves personal grooming, and watching visions of the past on portable DVD players. John is always a pleasure to work with, and although he wasn’t paraded around the streets of Cardiff in yellow lycra, like on previous occasions, he still had to undergo several gruelling hours of ageing prosthetics in order to revive Winona Ryder’s role at the end of Edward Scissorhands.” Click HERE to watch

John returns to the UK this week to headline the De La Warr Pavillion in Bexhill and the WOMAD festival in Malmesbury. He then returns to play the Three Ring Circus as part of the Sensoria Festival  where John, Richard Hawley & Bill Ryder Jones play their own acoustic set in three different venues in one night. Upcoming UK live info below:

Thursday 28th July – BEXHILL-ON-SEA – De Le Warr Pavillion

Friday 29th July – MALMESBURY – WOMAD festival

Saturday 8th October – SHEFFIELD – The Three Ring Circus

 

Critical acclaim for Grey Tickles, Black Pressure, out now on Bella Union:

“With Grey Tickles, Black Pressure John Grant arrives at one perfect amalgam of his peculiar skills, securing a subtle musical balance between the lush orchestral pop of Queen Of Denmark and the flinty electropop of Pale Green Ghosts… A richly rewarding album.” The Independent – 5 Stars ***** (Album of the Week)

“His most riveting album yet.” Q – 4 Stars ****

“The confessional king’s funkiest and finest yet.” Uncut – 8/10

“A magnificent album, enthralling in its complexity.” MOJO – 4 Stars ****

“Grant has blossomed into arguably the most interesting and original songwriter in contemporary pop, blessed with the strongest melodic sensibility this side of Paul McCartney.” The Telegraph – 4 Stars **** (Album of the Week)

“His ability to suddenly change mood and find tenderness and compassion amid the bleakness can knock you sideways… Grey Tickles, Black Pressure is variously agonising, hilarious, uplifting and moving: another bravura display from a unique song writing talent.” The Guardian – 4 Stars **** (Album Of The Week)

“Musically, he jumps just as easily between gorgeous soft-rock ballads (Global Warming, Geraldine) and funky electro-pop (the wonderful Disappointing). Result? Grey Tickles is a worthy follow-up to its illustrious predecessors.” Sunday Times (Album Of The Week)

“Grant is still angry, still purging, but with a heightened sense of mischief, both musical and lyrical.” The Observer –  4 Stars **** (Album Of The Week)

Grey Tickles, Black Pressure is moving, funny, unnerving and angry; one of the albums of the year.” NME – 4 Stars ****

“One of the best songwriters since Leonard Cohen – certainly the funniest.” The Times – 4 Stars ****

“No one takes on the cosmic injustices of existence quite like John Grant, let alone with tunes.” Esquire

“The follow-up to 2013’s rapturously received Pale Green Ghosts finds his ability to write choruses the size of Mongolia undimmed… Even as he courts discomfort the range of emotion and texture is impressive.” Evening Standard – 4 Stars ***

“The music is as winning as his lyrics, a mix of twisted disco, dramatic ballads, strutting glam funk and cinematic techno pop… For all their brutal honesty, Grant’s records are flooded with humanity.” Metro – 4 Stars ****

“Grant has a fascinating combination of wisdom, world-weary cynicism and righteous anger, buoyed by his typically biting humour – a healthy mix of gleeful and sardonic.”

DIY – 4 Stars ****

“The sharp-witted, silken-voiced singer-songwriter has created a bunch of marvellous songs for Grey Tickles, Black Pressure that barely leave a genre unturned yet are all unmistakably his own.” Time Out – 4 Stars ****

“A multi-hued sonic delight of swooping orchestrations, buzzing electro and velvet-lined balladry. Grant’s open-hearted, funny and angry insights show his questing and compassionate spirit operating at its unbounded best.” The Mirror – 4 Stars ****

“An album that illuminates the darkness with rich reserves of art, heart and humour.” The Independent On Sunday – 4 Stars ****

“Grant holds our attention with unexpected juxtapositions, charming harmonies and sly wit… Too much, in his hands, is never enough.” Financial Times – 4 Stars ****

“The most powerful use of electronic sounds since Depeche Mode’s Black Celebration.” Sunday Express – 4 Stars ****

“Bursts at the seams with humour, charisma and personality… What Grey Tickles, Black Pressure shows us is Grant is continuing to turn his hand to new stylistic pastures with ease.” Loud & Quiet – 8/10

“Moments of sheer beauty and unbearable melancholy make it essential.” Attitude – 8/10

“A bold hybrid of dancefloor fillers, lushly arranged orchestral pop, and poetic mediations… John Grant’s third effort sees the Iceland-based musician reach a new level of maturity.” The Skinny – 4 Stars ****

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