John Grant Releases Music Video for “Glacier”: A Moving Look Back at LGBT Struggles in History

Fact: I have listened to John Grant’s  album, Pale Green Ghosts, which was named album of the year (2013) by Rough Trade Music, more than any other music in 2013. There is a track on the album for each and every human emotion. Today Grant releases this new music video for the song “Glacier,” using  footage from various moments in LGBT history up to present time.

Today, John Grant is proud to share his unflinching and moving new video for “Glacier,” off his 2013 album Pale Green Ghosts.  The song’s lyrics tackle the experience of suffering from struggles associated with homophobia (John is publicly out and HIV positive) — but they are universal in how they tackle all types of oppression — and are ultimately uplifting and empowering.

The video juxtaposes these themes with footage from various moments in LGBT history.  From news footage during WWII and Wizard of Oz, all the way through Stonewall and Harvey Milk, culminating with the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, the legalization of gay marriage, and Blue Is The Warmest Color.

Another interesting fact, and a little spoiler, is that if you watch the much anticipated series “Looking,” on HBO premiering this coming Sunday, you just may hear some of the beardy John Grant tunes!

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Year End Accolades for Pale Green Ghosts
Rough Trade – Album of the Year
The Guardian – Top 5 Albums of 2013
Rolling Stone – 27 Best Albums You Didn’t Hear in 2013
Uncut – Top 10 Albums of 2013
Under The Radar – Top 10 Albums of 2013
MOJO – Top 10 Albums of 2013
Magnet – Top 10 Singer/Songwriters of 2013
eMusic – Top 100 Albums of 2013
Boston Globe – The Best Overlooked Albums of 2013
Yahoo – Best of 2013 Staff Picks
WFUV – Best of 2013 Staff Picks
KEXP – Best of 2013 Staff Picks

“With his own beautiful baritone softening the blows, Grant somehow finds the beauty, and even the comfort, that tempers life’s cruelties” – NPR

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