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John Grant - Boy From Michigan (2LP 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 Produced by longtime friend Cate Le Bon, ‘Boy from Michigan’ is Grant’s most autobiographical and melodic work to date. Grant
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* 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

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.

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.

Tracklist
01. Boy From Michigan
02. County Fair
03. The Rusty Bull
04. The Cruise Room
05. Mike And Julie
06. Best In Me
07. Rhetorical Figure
08. Just So You Know
09. Dandy Star
10. Your Portfolio
11. The Only Baby
12. Billy
Specifications
Item No. BELLA1220V
Utgitt 2021
Format LP
Sjanger Rock
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