John Grant’s an avant-garde pop weirdo hiding in plain sight

On his 2018 album Love Is Magic, John Grant fully indulges the electronic quirks and avant-garde left-turns that made up much of his previous album Grey Tickles, Back Pressure.

But Grant’s fourth album also ditches much of his conventional confessional piano balladry and strings – instead sandwiching heart-rending subject matter such as the death of his mother amid absurdist verses and whimsical, cosmic arrangements.

Elsewhere, he nudges you into squelchy disco-funk and nervy new wave, that’s probably too out-there for passing fans who might dig his orchestral pop and anthems like GMF.

But Grant’s approval rating has been consistently off the charts in Ireland, and he’s well into double digits with gigs and festivals here. We sometimes forget he’s one of music’s oddest pop weirdos hiding in plain sight, and that’s always a brilliant thing.

  • John Grant plays Leisureland in Galway tonight (Friday) and Bord Gais Energy Theatre on Sunday