Enigmatic and elegant, John Grant is an artist of rare character and charisma and his music bears the mark of this.
Employing the familiar sounds and song structures of classic pop music right alongside dense electronics, each production oozes an idiosyncratic atmosphere and mood all his own, his fondness for woodwind in particular standing out across Down Here, the latest song taken from him album Grey Tickles, Black Pressure as well as previous single Dissappointing feat Tracy Thorn (must watch if you haven’t seen it).
In Down Here, Grant sings of “oceans of longing,” his deep and warm voice employed with relish and restraint. A ballad about unfulfilled desires and our inability to let go of the control we strive to have over those desires, the song’s melancholic honesty is sure to strike a chord with anyone who’s ever felt a tension between what you want and the fear of being judged by others.
The clip, directed by Lisa Gunning, draws out the themes of the lyrics and gives them visual form. Set in what appears to be a grey weathered British suburb or town, complete with its own imposing concrete housed public swimming pool, the video follow a teenage boy as he struggles with his own non-traditional desires.
And while I don’t want to give too much away, I will say there is some great synchronized swimming sequences to add some colour to the clip’s cloudy and grey setting.
John Grant will be visiting Australia soon for Golden Plains and some sideshows. Check out the dates and details here.