Last time we saw (oh ok, heard) John Grant he was singing folky melodies with Midlake as his backing band. Now he’s hooked up with Icelandic electronica group Gus Gus, and has released Black Belt as the teaser track. It’s a total stylistic 360.
The song is full of dirty disco beats and thrusts like a pelvis in a porn movie. As the song proceeds everything just gets darker and more sinister. It has taken me by surprise, and I like it tremendously. If Grant’s first solo album Queen of Denmark was Ok Computer, then judging by Black Belt, the upcoming album must be Kid A. Hyperbole? I think not.
Oh and Sinead O’Connor sings on the new album as well. Grant’s a guy of many tricks, and with this new direction I’m sure there will be many more.