Photo: Hörður Sveinsson

John Grant is turned on by language on the fidgeting “Rhetorical Figure”

John Grant recently shared “Boy From Michigan”, the title track from his forthcoming album, and today he gives us another taste of what’s to come in “Rhetorical Figure”. Typically idiosyncratic, Grant says:

“This is a song about my love of language and rhetorical figures and what a turn-on it is when someone wields language in a very capable manner.”

If you’re wondering ‘just how excited can someone be by language?’ then “Rhetorical Figure” gives the emphatic answer: VERY. A hyper-active synth-pop soufflé, “Rhetorical Figure” finds Grant bouncing atop this buoyant production, spewing profuse praise about someone’s grammar and turns of phrase as he goes, affirming “if you want to get with me you have to have a rhetorical figure”. Lighthearted fun, especially in comparison to the likes of “The Only Baby”, it’s lovely to hear Grant just sharing his lovable and low-stakes amusement just for the hell of it.

 John Grant’s new Cate Le Bon produced album Boy From Michigan is out on June 25 via Bella Union (pre-order/save). You can find him on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

He’s also got these UK tour dates ahead:

04 Sep – Halifax – The Piece Hall (w/ Richard Hawley)
06 Sep – London – Alexandra Palace Theatre
07 Sep – London – Alexandra Palace Theatre **(SOLD-OUT!)**
09 Sep – Glasgow – Barrowland Ballroom
10 Sep – Gateshead – Sage Gateshead
11 Sep – Liverpool – Grand Central Hall
14 Sep – Sheffield – Octagon Centre
15 Sep – Nottingham – Rock City
17 Sep – Bexhill – De La Warr Pavilion **(SOLD-OUT!)**
30 Sep – Cambridge – Junction
01 Oct – Coventry – Warwick Arts Centre
02 Oct – Bath – The Forum
03 Oct – Manchester – RNCM Theatre **(SOLD-OUT!)**
05 Oct – Cardiff – New Theatre **(SOLD-OUT!)**
07 Oct – Belfast – St Anne’s Cathedral
09 Oct – Dublin – National Concert Hall **(SOLD-OUT!)**
12 Oct – Cork – Live at St Luke’s
13 Oct – Cork – Live at St Luke’s **(SOLD-OUT!)**
15 Oct– Letterkenny – An Grianan Theatre
16 Oct – Kilkenny – St Canice’s Cathedral