John Grant shares ‘Global Warming’ video

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.”

John Grant 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 songwriting 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 ****

John Grant photo by Ari Magg below: