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DEEZER LIVE: JOHN GRANT

 Thursday, 26th May, 2016

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We are incredibly privileged to be hosting John Grant at the Club's next instalment of our Dezeer Live series.

It’s been the most spectacular of journeys, from a place in time when John Grant feared he’d never make music again, to winning awards, accolades and Top 20 chart positions, and collaborating with Sinead O’Connor, Goldfrapp, Elton John and Hercules & Love Affair. The fact he subsequently won a Best International Male Solo Artist nomination at the 2014 BRITS alongside Justin Timberlake, Eminem, Bruno Mars and Drake, seemed like some fantasy dreamt up in a moment of outrageous hubris. Just months later, the BBC’s request for a session with a symphony orchestra followed by Grant taking the Royal Northern Sinfonia on a UK tour, confirmed that it was simply the latest spectacular chapter in his personal and artistic renaissance.

Praise for Grant’s third album, the invitingly titled 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

“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 ****

“No one takes on the cosmic injustices of existence quite like John Grant, let alone with tunes.”
Esquire

“The follow-up to 2013's rapturously received Pale Green Ghosts finds his ability to write choruses the size of Mongolia undimmed… Even as he courts discomfort the range of emotion and texture is impressive.”
Evening Standard – 4 Stars ****