John Grant - Boy From Michigan (2LP O-Card Deluxe Vinyl)
John Grant - Boy From Michigan (2LP O-Card Deluxe Vinyl)

John Grant - Boy From Michigan (2LP O-Card Deluxe Vinyl)

  • Released: 25.06.2021
  • Label:  Bella Union
  • Genre:  Alternative
  • Catalogue No:  BELLA1220VX
  • Barcode:  5400863045357
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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.

2LP pressed on 140g Black Vinyl Gatefold Sleeve with Glitter Sparkle Eye

2 Inner Sleeves with Paintings by Gil Corral

2 Unique Prints

36 Page Photo Booklet

Pull Out Lyric Sheet

Download Card Included

All housed in a beautiful Black Velvet O-Card Sleeve with Glitter Spark Eye

  1. Boy from Michigan
  2. County Fair
  3. The Rusty Bull
  4. The Cruise Room
  5. Mike and Julie
  6. Best In Me
  7. Rhetorical Figure
  8. Just So You Know
  9. Dandy Star
  10. Your Portfolio
  11. The Only Baby
  12. Billy