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Taken from the new album ‘Grey Tickles, Black Pressure’ due out on Friday 2nd October 2015 via Bella Union (ROW) & Partisan (US).  John Grant tried out disco-house for the first time in 2013 with his album Pale Green Ghosts, because his new album Grey Tickles, Black Pressure, comes out this autumn. Love songs are often cheesy, but in the former Czars frontman’s new love song “Disappointing,” he hits on points about being in love that aren’t as overdone. “There’s nothing more comforting than knowing you exist in this time and this place,” he muses before listing off a series of writers, philosophers, places, and experiences that are “disappointing” compared to the one he loves. Something about the word disappointing sticks with me. It’s not that the world’s greatest things aren’t fantastic or worthwhile next to your lover, they’re just… disappointing. “Disappointing” also features vocals from Everything But The Girl’s Tracey Thorn.

“Disappointing” is pretty straightforward. I list a bunch of my favorite things in the world, like Earl Grey Malts from Paris on the Platte café in Denver, which, unfortunately, just shut its doors after 28 years. We used to go there in the 80s to get those malts which I’ve never had anywhere else. Guess I’ll have to make my own now. Anyway, the song is about how everything in the world is disappointing compared to seeing a smile spread across the face of the one you love.

Just over a year since the release of his critically-lauded second album Pale Green Ghosts, and with numerous Best Album of 2013 accolades and a Brit Award nomination to his name, JOHN GRANT has announced news of one of his most exciting ventures yet. This November will see the former Czars frontman embark upon a seven-date tour accompanied by the Royal Northern Sinfonia in which John’s celebrated catalogue will be reworked and reimagined with a sumptuous orchestral setting, alongside the world premiere of some especially written new songs. John Grant’s creativity, unique songwriting and wonderful vocals combined with thirty four musicians promises a one-off musical experience. The tour will be orchestrated by Fiona Brice who has provided arrangements for the the likes of Roy Harper, Vashti Bunyan, Anna Calvi, Midlake, Placebo, as well as John himself. As the UK’s only full-time chamber orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia has built a reputation as both fresh-thinking and versatile and has in recent years collaborated with artists as diverse as Pet Shop Boys, Joanna Newsom, Efterklang and Spiritualized. The tour will visit some of the UK’s most prestigious venues such as Royal Festival Hall, Usher Hall, Bridgewater Hall and Sage Gateshead, and is produced and presented by Music Beyond Mainstream (MBM), the UK’s national network of large scale music venues working together to bring audiences something a little bit special.


The family friendly music, arts and science festival has just unveiled its first band announcements for this year’s event. Now firmly established as one of the jewels in the Northern festival crown, Deer Shed returns for its sixth annual outing over the last weekend July. And what a weekend it promises to be if the first artists for Deer Shed Festival 6 are anything to go by.

The term ‘family festival’ was invented to describe Deer Shed. In fact, if you don’t have any offspring in tow you may feel a little out of place. Even its comedy tent is PG-rated.  There is a huge array of children’s activities and family-friendly entertainment.  It would all be very village fete were it not for the fact that Deer Shed’s music-line up is pretty spot on. There are definitely some heritage acts to entertain the parents but there is also plenty of interesting new sounds and names familiar to 6 Music connoisseurs.  As you may imagine, the crowds are very polite, the toilets are clean and the mood is happy. Sadly, most of the fun draws to a close at around midnight, with only one venue open till 2 am and most of the entertainment ending on Sunday afternoon.

Music highlights: Billy Bragg, Boxed In, Emmy the Great, Honeyblood, John Grant,Menace Beach, The Pictish Trail, Shopping, The Unthanks, The Wedding Present

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For DSF6 we welcome John Grant, Billy Bragg, The Unthanks, The Wedding Present, Dan Croll, The Felice Brothers, Ibibio Sound Machine, Honeyblood, Black Rivers, Emmy The Great, Damien Dempsey, James Yorkston, Diagrams, Menace Beach, Kiran Leonard, The Pictish Trail, The Lost Brothers, Lisa O’Neill, Fatherson, Eliza Shaddad, Curtis Eller, Rozi Plain, Cattle And Cane, Serious Sam Barrett, Furs, Maia and Deborah Rose with much more music still to come in the coming weeks

Arranged by Fiona Brice, these 16 orchestra-assisted performances of some of the majestic moments from American singer-songwriter John Grant’s career.


Whether it’s the emphatic swell of ‘GMF’ or the delirious rage of ‘Queen Of Denmark’, these are arrangements that feel more like fresh collaborations. Songs hardly crying out for improvement are delivered in sensational and celebratory form, with Grant in quite phenomenal voice throughout.

The particular delight of hearing part of Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in C# Minor open ‘Pale Green Ghosts’, whose own string arrangement is based thereupon, is hard to surpass, although the sombre, emotive take on ‘Drug’, from Grant’s former band The Czars, makes for as beguiling a four minutes as any here.
This is no between-album stopgap. The obsessed and uninitiated will be equally enthralled by this genuinely special performance.

John Grant – “You Don’t Have To Pretend to Care “ A Take Away Show from La Blogotheque

It’s been an extraordinary journey for John Grant, from a point where he thought he would never make music again or escape a life of substance abuse to winning awards and accolades, collaborating with Sinead O’Connor, Rumer and Hercules & Love Affair and having his music featured in the award-winning film “Weekend”.
It’s a journey that’s taken him from Buchanan, Michigan to Parker, Colorado, studying languages in Germany and, after his band The Czars split up, basing himself in New York, London, Berlin and, most recently, Iceland, where the bulk of “Pale Green Ghosts” was recorded. It’s also been a journey from The Czars’ folk/country noir to the lush ‘70s FM alchemy of “Queen Of Denmark” to the astonishing fusion of sounds that lifts Pale Green Ghosts.

As if to acknowledge his journey, Grant has named the album after the opening title track, which documents the drives that he’d regularly take through the ‘80s, from Parker to the nearby metropolis of Denver, to the new wave dance clubs that have inspired the electronic elements of Pale Green Ghosts, and later on to visit the boyfriend – the ‘TC’ of Queen Of Denmark’s ‘TC & Honeybear’ – that inspired many of that album’s heartbreaking scenarios.
“I’d take the I-25, between Denver and Boulder, which was lined with all these Russian olive trees, which are the pale green ghosts of the title: they have this tiny leaves with silver on the back, which glow in the moonlight,” Grant explains. “The song is about wanting to get out of a small town, to go out into the world and become someone and made my mark.”

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BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Ravenscroft introduces a Special performance from American Singer Songwriter John Grant and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra featuring tracks from his acclaimed albums “Pale Green Ghost” and “Queen Of Denmark”.The show is available on the BBC 6 site for one week at

The wonderful vocal talent that is John Grant put in a superb performance with songs from his album on Bella Union

Icelandic singer songwriter and a further track from the album “In The Silence” this track was never intended to be on the album but is now released as the debut single Asgeir has some of his lyrics written by his Father . American Singer Songwriter JOHN GRANT helped with the translation of the lyrics from Icelandic to English he also appears in the video for the song

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JOHN GRANT has announced a selection of dates with the 34 piece orchestra the Royal Northern Sinfonia, The shows promise to be a one off musical experience, with his album of last year “PALE GREEN GHOSTS ” on numerous blogs and music magazines best album of 2013. Its an exciting project the former Czars frontman and superb songwriter has confirmed a seven date tour, his songs will be re-worked and reimagined with an orchestral setting along with some new songs.