John Grant shares “Is He Strange”
With the release of Love Is Magic just over a week away on 12th October, John Grant has shared one of the album’s standout tracks, the gorgeous ballad “Is He Strange”. Of the track Grant says: “‘Is He Strange’ is a pure love song about how you cannot own or possess another person. It’s about letting go of someone you still love and moving on and also how it is possible to continue to love while you are letting go. Much easier said than done.”
This week also sees Grant appear on Later with Jools Holland. Last night he performed current single “He’s Got His Mother’s Hips”, while on Saturday he returns to perform ‘He’s Got His Mother’s Hips’ and ‘Is He Strange’ whilst also having a chat with Jools about the new album. Watch his performance of “…Mother’s Hips” below…
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.”
Love Is Magic is released 12th October via Bella Union in the UK/Europe and Partisan in the US.