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John Grant - Boy From Michigan
John Grant - Boy From Michigan

John Grant - Boy From Michigan

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One of our most favourite voices in really glorious, swooning and strikingly honest form.

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Produced by longtime friend Cate Le Bon, ‘Boy from Michigan’ is Grant’s most autobiographical and melodic work to date. Grant stopped being a boy in Michigan aged twelve, when his family moved to Denver, Colorado, shifting rust to bible belt, a further vantage point to watch collective dreams unravel. Across 12 tracks, Grant lays out his past for careful cross-examination. In a decade of making records by himself, he has playfully experimented with mood, texture and sound, all the better for actualizing the seriousness of his thoughts. At one end of his musical rainbow, he is the battle-scarred piano-man, at the other, a robust electronic auteur. ‘Boy from Michigan’ seamlessly marries both.

Standard Vinyl;
* 2LP pressed on 140g Black Vinyl
* Gatefold Sleeve with Glitter Sparkle Eye
* 2 Inner Sleeves with Paintings by Gil Corral
* Pull Out Lyric Sheet
* Download Card Included

O-Card Deluxe Edition;
* 2LP pressed on 140g Black Vinyl
* Gatefold Sleeve with Glitter Sparkle Eye
* 2 Inner Sleeves with Paintings by Gil Corral
* 2 Unique Prints
* 36 Page Photo Booklet
* Pull Out Lyric Sheet
* Download Card Included
* All housed in a beautiful Black Velvet O-Card Sleeve with Glitter Spark Eye

Deluxe Boxset Edition;
* 2LP pressed on 140g Black Vinyl
* Gatefold Sleeve with Glitter Sparkle Eye
* 2 Inner Sleeves with Paintings by Gil Corral
* 5 Unique Prints
* Trading Cards
* 36 Page Photo Booklet
* Pull Out Lyric Sheet
* Download Card Included
* All housed in a beautiful Black Velvet Box with Glitter Spark Eye

With Le Bon at the helm, Grant pared back his zingers, maximizing the emotional impact of the melodies. A clarinet forms the bedrock of a song. One pre-chorus feels lifted from vintage Human League. There is a saxophone solo. ‘Boy from Michigan’ ultimately swings between ambient and progressive, calm and livid. The album’s narrative journey opens with Grant at his artistic prettiest, three songs drawn from his pre-Denver life (the Michigan Trilogy, as Grant calls them): the title track, “The Rusty Bull,” and “County Fair.” Each draws the listener in to a specific sense of place, before untangling its significance with a rich cast-list of local characters, often symbolizing the uncultivated faith of childhood.

Elsewhere, tracks like “Mike and Julie” and “The Cruise Room” offer an affecting plunge deep into Grant’s late teenage years in Denver, while the midpoint of the album is highlighted by “Best in Me” and “Rhetorical Figure,” a pair of skittish, scholarly dance tunes that build on the lineage of Grant’s electropop heroes, Devo. Childhood as a horror narrative is the theme of “Dandy Star,” which observes a tiny Grant watching the Mia Farrow horror movie ‘See No Evil’ on an old family TV set, and finally on “The Only Baby” (released this January) Grant removes his razor blade from a pocket to cleanly slit the throat of Trump’s America, authoring a scathing epitaph to an era of acute national exposition.

1. Boy from Michigan
2. County Fair
3. The Rusty Bull
4. The Cruise Room
5. Mike and Julie
6. Best In Me
7. Rhetorical Figure
8. Just So You Know
9. Dandy Star
10. Your Portfolio
11. The Only Baby
12. Billy
Artist: John Grant
Label: Bella Union
Catalogue: BELLA1220V
Barcode: 5400863045340
Format: 2LP, CD & Boxset
Release Date: 25th June 2021
                               

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