Boy From Michigan
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Expected 25th June 2021
Double LP deluxe is housed in a gatefold sleeve with glitter sparkle eye and a pull out lyric sheet. Includes 2 unique prints + a 36 page photo booklet. All housed in a black velvet O-card sleeve.
LP Boxset includes a Double LP housed in a gatefold sleeve with glitter sparkle eye and a pull out lyric sheet. Includes 5 unique prints, trading cards + a 36 page photo booklet. All housed in a black velvet box.
The fifth full length album from John Grant, with production handled by Cate Le Bon.
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.
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Item code: BELLA1220CD
Label: Bella Union
Info correct on: 26/5/2021