John Grant debuts video for “He’s Got His Mother’s Hips”
Article by Bella union
With the release of Love Is Magic now less than a month away, John Grant has shared a Video of the Year contender for new single “He’s Got His Mother’s Hips.” A stop you in your tracks has to be seen to be believed kinda video, created by Casey Redmond and Ewan Jones Morris who have previously worked with John on videos for Global Warming, Marz and Chicken Bones. Of the video Ewan says: “I just thought it was about time for another Peter Gabriel ‘Sledgehammer’ video and John was up for it. Thirteen animators in total, including us. The highlight for me was 24 hours in in the cool drizzle of Iceland to meet up with John, at the height of the British heat wave”. Casey adds: “Always a delight to work with John. For this disco-tinged track we decided to get some of the hardest-partying animators we knew together for a right old knees-up, and this was the result”.
With his fourth solo album Love Is Magic, Grant has continued to evolve, creating his most electronic record yet, in collaboration with Benge (Ben Edwards), analogue synth expert / collector and a member of electronic trio Wrangler, Grant’s collaborators earlier this year under the collective name of Creep Show on the album Mr Dynamite.
Produced by Grant (together with Benge and Paul Alexander), and engineered by Benge at his Cornish studio, the diamond-hard, diamond-gleaming Love Is Magic, “is closer still to how I’ve always wanted my records to sound, but I didn’t know how to go about it,” Grant says. Besides the quest for sound, “the lyrics, of course, continue to be very important to me,” says John. “They’re just snapshots of everyday life where myriad moods and every sort of horrible and hilarious occurrence one can imagine mix with the pedestrian resulting in the absurdity and beauty of life.”