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John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure mp3 album
  • Performer: John Grant
  • Title: Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
  • Genre: Electronic / Rock / Pop
  • Country: USA & Europe
  • Date of release: 2015
  • Music style: Indie Rock, Experimental
  • MP3 size: 1380 mb
  • FLAC size 1599 mb

Rough Trade exclusive, featuring a bonus 5 track CD EP. Album is packaged in a foldout Digipak, with 28-page booklet. EP is in a separate card sleeve. Label Code (CD (Album) catalogue number): BELLA505CD. Mastering SID Code (CD (Album)): IFPI LD02. Mould SID Code (CD (Album)): IFPI 5J54. Matrix, Runout (CD (Album)): 06 246 01 + 53786248. Mastering SID Code (CD (EP)): IFPI LU27.

As epitomised by a title track referencing his haemorrhoids, the former Czars frontman has lost none of his candor or humor on this third solo album. His melodic skill remains intact too and, after the electro-pop of 2013’s Pale Green Ghosts, Grant investigates robotic funk ( Snug Slacks ), taut techno ( Disappointing ) and sumptuous FM rock ( Down Here ) while skewering ex-lovers and contemplating personal crises. Even on his most upbeat record yet, it’s an ability to amuse, shock and discomfit–sometimes in just one verse–that makes Grant such a compelling songwriter

The album is also full of Grant’s deeply personal narrative and dark humour: grey tickles is a literal translation of the Icelandic for midlife crisis; black pressure translates the Turkish for nightmare. Inspired by a love affair with his adopted home, Iceland, and its native tongue, in which he speaks on much of the album, the singer has found a retreat in the country’s otherworldly landscape. I was in fight-or-flight response my whole life, with adrenaline fatigue, PTSD – there was no safety ever, he says.

Grey Tickles, Black Pressure captures everything great about Grant's past and bundles it into his most riveting album ye. .

Now comes Grant’s third album, the invitingly titled Grey Tickles, Black Pressure, a veritable tour-de-force that further refines and entwines his two principal strands of musical DNA, the sumptuous tempered ballad and the taut, fizzing electronic pop song. There are newer musical accomplishments across its panoply of towering sound, like the title track’s new steely demeanour, while the ominous drama of Black Blizzard echoes both John Carpenter and Bernard ‘Black Devil Disco Club’ Fevre’s beautiful and icy synthscapes. John has released a NSFW (or at least not for the squeamish!) album trailer featuring the title track which can be viewed belo. ubmitted By jimmy.

Grey Tickles, Black Pressure. A masterfully sincere yet acerbic balladeer stretches himself a little thin on an otherwise strong album. John Grant isn’t like that. Still relatively unknown in America, but justly lauded overseas, he’s the gay Harry Nilsson of today - a disarmingly downhearted guy who excels at every element of singer-songwriter craft

The album’s title signals that the sweetness of Queen Of Denmark is history; ‘Grey Tickles’ derives from the Icelandic phrase for mid-life crisis, while ‘Black Pressure’ comes from Turkish for nightmare. Many noted Grant’s fascinating character assassination of former lover TC in 2013’s Pale Green Ghosts. His grief still hasn’t transcended the anger phase; most notably, You & Him is a luscious squelchy synth collage, over which Grant delineates his subject’s self-regard, until the anthemic powerpop chorus: You and Hitler ought to get together, you ought to learn to knit and wear matching.

Grey Tickles, Black Pressure is the third solo album by former The Czars frontman John Grant The album received critical acclaim upon its release. John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure (Sena). John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure. John Grant - Grey Tickles (Live on 8. The Current).

Tracklist Hide Credits

1-1 Intro 1:37
1-2 Grey Tickles, Black Pressure 5:30
1-3 Snug Slacks 4:12
1-4 Guess How I Know 3:34
1-5 You And Him
Featuring – Amanda Palmer
1-6 Down Here 4:09
1-7 Voodoo Doll 3:08
1-8 Global Warming 4:05
1-9 Magma Arrives 5:03
1-10 Black Blizzard 4:48
1-11 Disappointing
Featuring – Tracey Thorn
1-12 No More Tangles 6:09
1-13 Geraldine 6:22
1-14 Outro 0:30
John Grant With Royal Northern Sinfonia
2-1 Global Warming 4:14
2-2 Black Blizzard 4:57
2-3 Drug
Written-By – Monley*, Pearson*, Linsenmaier*, Green*
2-4 Geraldine 6:23
2-5 No More Tangles 6:19

Companies, etc.

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Partisan Records LLC
  • Copyright (c) – Partisan Records LLC
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Knitting Factory Records Inc.
  • Copyright (c) – Knitting Factory Records Inc.
  • Licensed From – Megalon Ltd.
  • Recorded At – Elmwood Recording
  • Recorded At – The Sage
  • Mixed At – Elmwood Recording
  • Mixed At – Revolution Recording
  • Mastered At – Sterling Sound
  • Exclusive Retailer – Rough Trade


  • Arranged By [Orchestral Arrangements] – Fiona Brice (tracks: 2-1 to 2-5)
  • Bass – Jakob Smari Magnusson*
  • Bass Clarinet – David Monsch
  • Cello – Buffi Jacobs, Debbie Brooks
  • Conductor – Christopher George (tracks: 2-1 to 2-5)
  • Design [Compositing] – Sigrún Hreins
  • Design, Layout – Anton Kaldal Águstsson*
  • Drums – Budgie , Kristinn Agnarsson* (tracks: 2-1 to 2-5)
  • Electronics – Aron Arnarsson (tracks: 2-1 to 2-5)
  • Engineer [Assistant Engineer] – Alex Bhore
  • French Horn – Heather Test
  • Guitar – Petur Hallgrimsson*, Petur Hallgrimsson* (tracks: 2-1 to 2-5)
  • Keyboards – Bobby Sparks, Chris Pemberton (tracks: 2-1 to 2-5)
  • Mastered By – Greg Calbi, Noel Summerville (tracks: 2-1 to 2-5)
  • Mixed By – Gabriele Nicotra (tracks: 2-1 to 2-5)
  • Photography By – Michael Berman*
  • Piano, Voice – John Grant (tracks: 2-1 to 2-5)
  • Producer, Mixed By, Engineer, Programmed By, Sequencer – John Congleton
  • Trombone – Carl Murr, David Pierce
  • Trumpet – Keith Jourdan, Peter Clagett
  • Tuba – Simon Willats
  • Viola – Amber Sander, Emily Williams
  • Violin – Matt Milewski*, Natalie Floyd, Sarah Carmichael
  • Vocals [Additional] – Alisa Alexander, Amanda Palmer, Tierannye Sparks, Tracey Thorn
  • Vocals [Additional], Arranged By [String, Brass & Vocal], Conductor [String, Brass & Vocal], Violin – Fiona Brice
  • Vocals [Spoken Word] – Carys Connolly, Jeppe Kjellberg, Karl Neukauf, Petra Hallberg, Wes Baggaley, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Billy Novik*
  • Written-By, Photography By [Booklet Photos], Vocals, Keyboards, Programmed By, Sequencer – John Grant


Album housed in a digipak. ℗&© 2015 Partisan Records LLC / Knitting Factory Records Inc.
Under exclusive license from Megalon Ltd.

Exclusive bonus disc 'John Grant With Royal Northern Sinfonia' with purchase at Rough Trade. Bonus disc is housed in a card sleeve. Recorded live at Sage Gateshead. Global Warming, Black Blizzard, Geraldine, No More Tangles especially commissioned by Music Beyond Mainstream for the John Grant / Royal Northern Sinfonia UK tour 2014.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 720841212829
  • Matrix / Runout (Album): 08/07/2015 04:39:34.PM #145249 277871001
  • Mastering SID Code (Album): IFPI LN08
  • Mould SID Code (Album): IFPI JI06
  • Matrix / Runout (Rough Trade Bonus Disc): 00095 53811 353 01 + 53811372
  • Matrix / Runout (Rough Trade Bonus Disc Inner Ring): A
  • Mastering SID Code (Rough Trade Bonus Disc): IFPI LV27
  • Mould SID Code (Rough Trade Bonus Disc): IFPI 0152

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
BELLA505V, BELLA505VRT, PTKF2128-1 John Grant Grey Tickles, Black Pressure ‎(LP, Ora + LP, Lav + CD + Album, Ltd) Bella Union, Bella Union, Partisan Records BELLA505V, BELLA505VRT, PTKF2128-1 USA & Europe 2015
BELLA505CD, BELLA514CDD John Grant Grey Tickles, Black Pressure ‎(CD, Album, Ltd, Dig + CD, EP, Car) Bella Union, Bella Union BELLA505CD, BELLA514CDD Germany 2015
BELLA505V/AB John Grant Grey Tickles, Black Pressure ‎(LP, Album, TP, W/Lbl) Bella Union BELLA505V/AB UK 2015
none John Grant Grey Tickles, Black Pressure ‎(CDr, Album, Promo) Bella Union none Europe 2015
BELLA505CD John Grant Grey Tickles, Black Pressure ‎(CD, Album, Dig) Bella Union BELLA505CD UK & Europe 2015

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