Following on from the alluringly ominous, opalescent throb of Pale Green Ghosts the burliest of all the Bella Union signees John Grant returns with Blackbelt. And just as its chronological predecessor did but six weeks or so ago, its four minutes nineteen put yet more Nordic daylight between Grant’s ebullient now and desolate then, with this then being the rather more pensive and introversive catharsis endemic of his Queen of Denmark LP. Despite its lyrics of Etch A Sketching “your way out of this one” and its musical sass proving strikingly evocative of Scissor Sisters doing a wardrobe’s worth of retrograde glam, it’s overwhelmingly progressive from the onetime Czars man. Irrespective of it having been pieced together over in Iceland, this one’s got NYC disco-house mainstay Andy Butler’s Midan prints all over it as it wibbles and womps glutinously about Grant’s ever affected baritone. Another knockout it is, and as odd a fit as it may initially seem, it sees Grant continuing to plateau at the height of his game.
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Blackbelt is lifted from John Grant’s sophomore solo effort Pale Green Ghosts, expected March 11th.