Can you believe it’s been five years since the Canadian duo released their debut album? To mark the occasion, Purity Ring dropped this new song with Mike Oldfield bells and their trademark electro pop shades for a once-off single.
Susanne Sundfør & John Grant – Mountaineers
Norwegian Susanne Sundfør is a songwriter, producer and singer who has released five albums so far but who has recently taken a step up recently by signing to Bella Union for her sixth Music for People in Trouble in August 25th. Now, that label’s biggest name has contributed vocals to this song from the album and he contributes his deep baritone in reverb to a choral duet that builds into something much more forceful, swirling and unexpected. Sundfør plays The Sugar Club on Saturday October 7th.
Bullion – ‘Spin2Glory’
Uk producer Bullion dropped a new three-track EP recently but my highlight from it is the driving Lindstrom-esque electronic guitar and disco buzz of ‘Spin2Glory’.
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – ‘An Intention’
Smith’s EARS album is my de facto ambient album to turn to to get work done to but that’s not a slight, it’s an effective backdrop for passive listening but there’s a lot to pay attention to as well. ‘An Intention’ is the first track from her followup –The Kid and continues her beguiling ambient electronic explorations.
Boy Harsher – ‘Motion’
A dark slice of hypnotic Factory Floor-esque coldwave from Massachusetts duo.
Palms Trax – ‘Honey Lemongina’
The fourth release in Dekmantel Record’s 10th anniversary celebratory EPs features this gem.
Skott – ‘Mermaid’
After a run of great singles, the Swedish artist Skott slows things down for a modern pop ballad.
TXFM is going off air for good on Wednesday (tomorrow) this week.
Back in March, it was announced that the station’s owners did not renew the licence for the station and it would cease at the end of October. Wednesday the 26th to be precise I finished my show in June.
One of TXFM’s remaining daytime presenters Claire Beck is a huge John Grant fan, so much so she played Queen Of Denmark, live in full as her album pick this week as part of the station’s closing programming.
Today though, she was surprised live on air when JG walked in to the studio unannounced and wished her well with some flowers. The pair then had a lovely chat (after the initial shock).
The best quality version:
Here’s the Facebook live video:
You can listen to the interview in full about here at about 15 minutes in (after the Sultans Of Ping).
The Welsh musician Gwenno is among the artists who have participated in a round of remixes of John Grant’s ‘Voodoo Doll’, the singer’s new single from third album Grey Tickles, Black Pressure and one that has received a video treatment before Grant returns to play Iveagh Gardens on July 9th.
Gwenno and Peski Kid’s remix keeps the original’s creepy voodoo vibe and spaces out the mix making an uplifting take on it.
Remixes are also coming from Anna Meredith, Black Devil Disco Club, Satellites and Wrangler.
After two shows in Vicar Street this week, John Grant has been announced to return to Dublin for an outdoor show in the Iveagh Gardens on July 9th next year. Tickets on sale this Thursday at 9am from Ticketmaster & outlets nationwide. JG did an hour takeover on TXFM yesterday and played some cracking tunes. Listen here:
Wilco will also headline the Iveagh Gardens the following night July 10th. Tickets are €50 on sale Friday at 9am from Ticketmaster & outlets nationwide.
Next week, John Grant will release his third album Grey Tickles, Black Pressure and along with two sold out tour dates in Dublin’s Vicar Street in November, news comes today that other Irish cities won’t be left out.
Grant will play three shows in Ireland in January.
The new single, ‘Disappointing’, from John Grant’s forthcoming album Grey Tickles, Black Pressure immediately sounds fresh for the singer, with a bassline that comes across like Axel F’s Beverley Hills Cop theme that gives way to some light funk chords before Grant’s consuming baritone which reels out a large list of things – rollercoasters, trombones, french horn sections, ancient trees – all of which are disappointing compared to the object of Grant’s affections.
Verse two has Everything But The Girl’s Tracey Thorn joining in on the listicle lyrics as the synthesizer-shake and doo wop backing vocals grow amidst the song. It’s a typically idiosyncratic lyrical and sonic mix from Grant.
Grey Tickles, Black Pressure will be released 2nd October on Bella Union.
Grant plays two dates in Vicar Street on November 9th and 10th.
The press releases references synthesizer merchants John Carpenter and Bernard ‘Black Devil Disco Club’ Fevre and suggests the album will be a mix of Grant’s electronic pop side and his ballad side. Guests include Tracey Thorn, Amanda Palmer and Banshees’ drummer Budgie.
The album was recorded in Dallas with producer John Congleton (St Vincent). “I wanted to get moodier and angrier on this record, but I probably had a lot more fun making it,” says Grant.
“‘Grey tickles’ is the literal translation from Icelandic for ‘mid-life crisis’, while ‘black pressure’ is the direct translation from Turkish for ‘nightmare’,” Grant who now lives in Iceland and is fluent in German, Russian and now, Icelandic.
Here’s the album trailer:
Grey Tickles, Black Pressure tracklisting
1. Intro 2. Grey Tickles, Black Pressure 3. Snug Slacks 4. Guess How I Know 5. You & Him 6. Down Here 7. Voodoo Doll 8. Global Warming 9. Magma Arrives 10. Black Blizzard 11. Disappointing 12. No More Tangles 13. Geraldine 14. Outro
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
Thu 5 Nov Eldborg, Harpa, Reykjavik, Iceland Fri 6 Nov Eldborg, Harpa, Reykjavik, Iceland Mon 09 Nov Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland Thu 12 Nov Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, London, Uk Fri 13 Nov Brighton Dome, Brighton, Uk Tue 17 Nov Botanique, Brussels, Belgium Wed 18 Nov Melkweg, Amsterdam, Holland Fri 20 Nov Den Atelier, Luxembourg Sat 21 Nov Kaufleuten, Zurich, Switzerland Sun 22 Nov Fabrique, Milan, Italy Tue 24 Nov Buergerhaus Stollwerck, Cologne, Germany Wed 25 Nov Uebel & Gefahrlich, Hamburg, Germany Thu 26 Nov Postbahnof, Berlin, Germany Sat 28 Nov Voxhall, Aarhus, Denmark Sun 29 Nov Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark Tue 01 Dec Pustervik, Gothenburg, Sweden Wed 02 Dec Sodra Teatern, Stockholm, Sweden Fri 04 Dec Cosmopolite, Oslo, Norway Sun 06 Dec Zetlitz, Stavanger, Norway
Björk, John Grant With The Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Father John Misty, Hundred Waters, La Priest, Låpsley, The Pop Group, Sóley, Bubbi og Dimma Agent Fresco, Mammút, Sea Change, Vök, Emmsjé Gauti, Ho99o9, Ylja, AmabAdama, Muck, Hekla.
The Björk and John Grant show tickets will be give out on a first-come-first-served basis. A second Bjork show will take place on Tuesday November 3rd at Eldborg in Harpa.
Already announced: Ariel Pink, Asonat, Batida, BC Camplight, dj flugvél & geimskip, East India Youth, Fufanu, Gus Gus, Hinds, Jagya, Teitur Magnasson, M-Band, Júníus Meyvant, Mourn, The OBGMs, Operators, Perfume Genius, Pink Street Boys, Tonik Ensemble, Weaves, Young Karin
This weekend sees the fifth year of Body & Soul’s own festival that started as an enclosed area at Electric Picnic. Every year, reports from Ballinlough Castle in Westmeath have been positive and mostly, sunny.
An excuse to get down to the festival on the Friday night, Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington’s electronic art-rock blues show with its giant mirror backdrop is one of the best shows of the year. Don’t miss.
3. John Grant – ‘Pale Green Ghosts’
A humble bear with an addictive past, John Grant has redeemed himself through his art and his searingly honest and often, funny songs.
4.Goldfrapp – ‘Ride A White Horse’
While the newest Goldfrapp album Tales Of Us is all downbeat and lush, it’s the older electro dance tracks that do the best live, like this stomper from 2005’s Supernature.
5. Max Romeo – ‘Chase The Devil’
When the sun shines and the vibe is right there’s nothing better than bouncing to a bit of nice discerning reggae. And who better than the Jamaican legend who was sampled by The Prodigy on ‘Outer Space’?
6. Gary Numan – Metal
Somehow a man singing a song about about an android who wishes to be human at a festival called Body & Soul makes some sort of perverse sense.
7. Jon Hopkins – ‘Open Eye Signal’
From last year’s Mercury Music Prize nominated album comes this dazzling eight-minute slice of organic breathing digital dance track.
8. Lasertom – ‘No Play’
Dubliner Simon Cullen’s space-disco project is a perfect 4pm stage opener on the Saturday. Time to boogie.
9. Jessy Lanza – ‘Keep Moving’
Hailing from Ontario, Canada, Lanza collaborated with producer Jeremy Greenspan of the Junior Boys on an album of ethereal R&B electro. Keep Moving is the most upbeat track from it, perfect for a Ballinlough Castle setting.
10. Mount Kimbie –’Made To Stray’
One of the best tracks of 2013, the skittering percussion-featuring ‘Made To Stray’ manages to walk a fine line between sprawling electronic epicness and headphone ambience.
Goldfrapp, Caribou, John Grant, Darkside, Jon Hopkins, Mount Kimbie, Buraka Som Sistema, Nick Waterhouse, East India Youth, Young Wonder, Jessy Lanza, King Kong Company.
That’s the first perfectly formed lineup for the Body&Soul Festival’s fifth year on Summer Solstice Weekend June 20th-22nd, 2014 Ballinlough Castle in Meath.
Camping tickets are in 5 price-tiers this year with the first 3 now sold out. Limited tier 4 tickets are €129.50 fees included.. Tier 5 tickets will be available from 31st March at €139.50 plus fees included.
Full ticket links are here and combined event and bus tickets, Sunday tickets, easy installment and travel tickets are available from March 31st.