Watch John Grant’s new video for single ‘Disappointing’
With the release of his hugely-anticipated third album Grey Tickles, Black Pressure just a month away on 9th October, JOHN GRANT has premiered the video to new single ‘Disappointing‘ over at Noisey, which features Tracey Thorn on guest vocals. The video is directed by David Wilson who received a Grammy nomination for his work on Arcade Fire’s We Exist and recently collaborated with Tame Impala for their Let It Happen video.
Of the video David Wilson says:
When John sent me the track I loved how it read like a “these are a few of my favourite things” list. When describing the track to friends I loved hearing their reaction (usually laughter) to my explanation that it’s the most beautiful love song, and it’s called ‘Disappointing’. There was left-field humour there right from the start. The idea for the promo came very clearly to me. I pitched the idea of John being surrounded by men and objects that would be temptations or distractions from a monogamous relationship. This concept then developed into the camera becoming distracted by these temptations, and for John to be stead-fast: addressing the viewer, often appearing, as if by magic at the beginning and end of long, flowing camera moves. It’s been fun to treat the camera as an entity in itself: not quite a person, more a point-of-view that continually veers away from John and go down a rabbit hole of a gay sauna.
Oh, and the hedgehog cakes!? John wanted an inclusion of this animal in some way, so I decided to have the hedgehog be represented in the form of multiple cakes. Kinda like a birthday or a celebration. An additional ‘favourite thing’ that’s ‘disappointing compared to you’.
Grey Tickles, Black Pressure, recorded in Dallas with producer John Congleton (St Vincent, Franz Ferdinand), refines and entwines the two principal strands of Grant’s musical DNA, namely the sumptuous tempered ballad and the taut, fizzing electronic pop song. There are newer musical accomplishments across its panoply of towering sound, like the title track’s new steely demeanour, while the ominous drama of “Black Blizzard” echoes both John Carpenter and Bernard ‘Black Devil Disco Club’ Fevre’s beautiful and icy synthscapes. The contagious, gleeful “You And Him” marries buzzing rock with a squelchy electronic undertow, while orchestral drama swathes the bad-dreamy “Global Warming” and the album’s gorgeously aching widescreen finale “Geraldine”. John recently released a NSFW (or at least not for the squeamish!) album trailer featuring the title track which can be viewed HERE.
Grey Tickles, Black Pressure will be released 9th October on Bella Union.
John Grant European tour dates:
Thursday 5 November – REYKJAVIK – Eldborg Harpa
Friday 6 November – REYKJAVIK – Eldborg Harpa
Monday 9 November – DUBLIN – Vicar Street
Tuesday 10 November – DUBLIN – Vicar Street
Thursday 12 November – LONDON – Hammersmith Apollo
Friday 13 November – BRIGHTON – Dome
Sunday 15 November – PARIS – La Cigale
Thursday 17 November – BRUSSELS – Botanique
Wednesday 18 November – AMSTERDAM – Melkweg
Friday 20 November – LUXEMBOURG – Den Atelier
Saturday 21 November – ZURICH – Kaufleuten
Sunday 22 November – MILAN – Fabrique
Tuesday 24 November – COLOGNE – Buergerhaus Stollwerck
Wednesday 25 November – HAMBURG – Uebel & Gefahrlich
Thursday 26 November – BERLIN – Postbahnof
Saturday 28 November – AARHUS – Voxhall
Sunday 29 November – COPENHAGEN – Store Vega
Tuesday 1 December – GOTHENBURG – Pustervik
Wednesday 2 December – STOCKHOLM – Sodra Teatern
Friday 4 December – OSLO – Cosmopolite
Saturday 5 December – BERGEN – Logen
Sunday 6 December – STAVANGER – Zetlitz