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John Grant veers down the "rabbit hole of a gay sauna" in his "Disappointing" vid

09 September 2015, 16:55 | Written by Laurence Day

John Grant has revealed his new visuals for Tracey Thorn collab "Disappointing".

The track is taken from Grant's upcoming third LP Grey Tickles, Black Pressure, and is probably the funkiest thing we've ever seen him create. The video was directed by David Wilson, who says:

"When John sent me the track I loved how it read like a 'these are a few of my favourite things' list. When describing the track to friends I loved hearing their reaction (usually laughter) to my explanation that it’s the most beautiful love song, and it’s called ‘Disappointing’. There was left-field humour there right from the start. The idea for the promo came very clearly to me. I pitched the idea of John being surrounded by men and objects that would be temptations or distractions from a monogamous relationship. This concept then developed into the camera becoming distracted by these temptations, and for John to be stead-fast: addressing the viewer, often appearing, as if by magic at the beginning and end of long, flowing camera moves. It’s been fun to treat the camera as an entity in itself: not quite a person, more a point-of-view that continually veers away from John and go down a rabbit hole of a gay sauna.
Oh, and the hedgehog cakes!? John wanted an inclusion of this animal in some way, so I decided to have the hedgehog be represented in the form of multiple cakes. Kinda like a birthday or a celebration. An additional ‘favourite thing’ that’s 'disappointing compared to you’."

Grant recently spoke to BBC 6 Music's Mary Anne Hobbs about a wide range of topics, including the upcoming record.

Grey Tickles, Black Pressure is out on Bella Union on 2 October. It follows 2013's Pale Green Ghosts. You can pre-order it here.

Watch "Disappointing" below, and then check out Grant's upcoming UK/EU dates afterwards.


5 - Reykjavik, Eldborg Harpa
6 - Reykjavik, Eldborg Harpa
9 - Dublin, Vicar Street
10 - Dublin, Vicar Street
12 - London, Hammersmith Apollo
13 - Brighton, Dome
15 - Paris, La Cigale
17 - Brussels, Botanique
18 - Amsterdam, Melkweg
20 - Luxembourg, Den Atelier
21 - Zurich, Kaufleuten
22 - Milan, Fabrique
24 - Cologne, Buergerhaus Stollwerck
25 - Hamburg, Uebel & Gefahrlich
26 - Berlin, Postbahnof
28 - Aarhus, Voxhall
29 - Copenhagen, Store Vega


1 - Gothenburg, Pustervik
2 - Stockholm, Sodra Teatern
4 - Oslo, Cosmopolite
5 - Bergen, Logen
6 - Stavanger, Zetlitz

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