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John Grant

Grey Tickles, Black Pressure


Album of the Year 2015 Number 11 Rough Trade Exclusive Bonus CD featuring four live versions of tracks from 'Grey Tickles Black Pressure'A  from November 2014 with the Royal Northern Sinfonia 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 collaborating with the likes of Sinead O'Connor Goldfrapp and Elton John as well as a Best International Male Solo Artist nomination at the 2014 BRITS Awards Now comes Grant's third album the invitingly titled 'Grey Tickles Black Pressure' a veritable tourdeforce that further refines and entwines his two principal strands of musical DNA the sumptuous tempered ballad and the taut fizzing electronic pop song There are newer musical accomplishments across its panoply of towering sound like the title track's new steely demeanour while the ominous drama of 'Black Blizzard' echoes both John Carpenter and Bernard 'Black Devil Disco Club' Fevre's beautiful and icy synthscapes The contagious gleeful 'You And Him' marries buzzing rock with a squelchy electronic undertow while orchestral drama swathes the baddreamy 'Global Warming' and the album's gorgeously aching widescreen finale 'Geraldine' 'Grey Tickles Black Pressure' was recorded in Dallas with producer John Congleton St Vincent Franz Ferdinand Swans coincidentally the same state of Texas where Grant nailed his 2010 solo debut 'Queen Of Denmark' in the company of Denton's wondrous Midlake After that landmark return which MOJO made its album of 2010 2013's 'Pale Green Ghosts' was made in Icelandic capital Reykjavik where Grant has lived ever since which entered the UK Top 20 in its first week and ended up as Rough Trade Shop's Album of the Year 2013 The Guardian's No2 and in MOJO and Uncut's Top Five 'Grey Tickles Black Pressure' will deservedly cement his reputation as the most disarmingly honest caustic profound and funny diarist of the human condition in the persistently testing even tragic era that is the 21st century LP Double LP with CD Version and Bonus CD 500 Copies only Rough Trade European exclusive coloured Lavender and Orange vinyl version 2LP Double White Vinyl LP with CD Version and Bonus CD CD Digipack CD with Bonus CD MP3 comes with no bonus material

Tracklist
  • 1. Intro
    2. Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
    3. Snug Slacks
    4. Guess How I Know
    5. You and Him
    6. Down Here
    7. Voodoo Doll
    8. Global Warming
    9. Magma Arrives
    10. Black Blizzard
    11. Dissapointing
    12. No More Tangles
    13. Geraldine
    14. Outro

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