With his fourth solo album, Love Is Magic, John Grant has continued evolving, creating his most electronic record yet. In collaboration with analogue synth expert Benge (Ben Edwards), Grant delivers striking and emotive lyrics with a half-rap vocal delivery. This album's orchestration is epitomized by the album’s brilliant opener Metamorphosis, with its impervious synth-pop and brain-on-fire imagery. It continues to melt into dreamy introspection with two gorgeous, magisterial ballads Is He Strange and The Common Snipe then quickly back to synth-sharp mania. Available on Deluxe Double 140 Gram Clear Vinyl housed in Gatefold Sleeve with Spot Varnish Finish. Comes with 16 page ‘Hymn Booklet’ containing lyrics, 24 Page Photo Booklet (including photos taken by John Grant) via Bella Union.
With his fourth solo album, Love Is Magic, Grant has continued evolving, 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. Anyone familiar with Grant’s story will recognise his battles - with addiction and health, with trusting love and relationships. From this turbulence he’s forged another riveting collection of often brutal diatribes and confessionals, where humour, fear, anxiety and anger overlap as Grant, with trademark candour, figuratively exposes the machinations of his saturated brain. It’s epitomised by the album’s brilliant opener Metamorphosis, almost as if his warring psyches are facing up to one another, as impervious synth-pop and brain-on-fire imagery (“Tiki bar, rat soufflé, Buik regal, Marvin Gaye”) melts into dream-ballad introspection (“Questions left unanswered, spiritual extortion”) and back to synth-backed mania. The magic of love pervades in two gorgeous, magisterial ballads toward the end of the album, Is He Strange and The Common Snipe - referring to the wader bird that makes a unique ‘bleating’ sound by rubbing its tailfeathers together.
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