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John Grant Reveals The Ghosts That Haunt Him On Second Album

John Grant by Hörður Sveinsson

John Grant announced that he will release his sophomore album Pale Green Ghosts on May 14 on Partisan Records. The track ‘Black Belt’ is available for free download/stream here.

The album comes at the end of an extraordinary journey for the Michigan and Colorado-bred singer/songwriter that saw him go from a life of substance abuse to working with artists such as  Sinead O’Connor, (Who contributes vocals on the new album.) Rumer and Hercules & Love Affair as well as having his music featured in the award-winning film Weekend.

The last few years have seen Grant move from Colorado to Germany to study languages to New York after his folk/noir country band The Czars split up. He’s also resided in New York, London, Berlin and Iceland, where he recorded the bulk of his new album.

The title track was inspired by Grant’s drives to Denver in the 80’s to go to the dance clubs there, something that had an influence on Pale Green Ghosts’ electronic elements.

“I’d take the I-25, between Denver and Boulder, which was lined with all these Russian olive trees, which are the pale green ghosts of the title: they have this tiny leaves with silver on the back, which glow in the moonlight,” Grant explained in a statement. “The song is about wanting to get out of a small town, to go out into the world and become someone and made my mark.”

Album artwork and tracklisting is below;


1. Pale Green Ghosts

2. Black Belt

3. GMF

4. Vietnam

5. It Doesn’t Matter To Him

6. Why Don’t You Love Me Anymore

7. You Don’t Have To

8. Sensitive New Age Guy

9. Ernest Borgnine

10. I Hate This Town

11. Glacier