2015 has been a great year for my favourite artists releasing new albums. Bjork, Sleater-Kinney and The Decemberists had new albums out before January was done. Belle and Sebastian, Hot Chip and Sufjan Stevens followed. And October brings Joanna Newsom and John Grant, two of the most unique talents in music today.
I first found out about John Grant when my wife surprised me with tickets to see Efterklang for my birthday one year. Our seats were front row centre, and a few feet in front of us on walked John Grant. He sat down in front of a piano and began to sing the most beguiling, beautiful songs. Epic confessional songs with lyrics beautiful and hilarious, on love, hate and sex. And that voice, powerful yet somehow still fragile, it has to be heard live to be believed.
His album ‘Pale Green Ghosts’ became one of our favourites, and so we are suitably excited about the follow up (Grey Tickles, Black Pressure). The single ‘Disappointing’ (featuring Tracey Thorn from Everything But The Girl), takes ‘Pale Green Ghosts’ combination of powerful vocals and lo-fi electronic beat to another level, and suggests the new album will be anything but disappointing (sorry).