Granfalloon released his third album, Positive Songs on 27th August, via Cosmic Glue (the new label set up by Hello Cosmos). The first single from Granfalloon’s LP, Who You Are sees him offer a unique indie folk groove that solidifies the positive message of his third album, with tranquil melodies and uplifting tones. He spoke with The Fountain about the new music and how his fans have engaged with it.
TF: You have a new album out, what has the reception been like to Positive Songs?
The way people have engaged with the new record is interesting. It was written from such an emotional place… I hadn’t seen some of the musicians working on it for 10 years! Some of them hadn’t made music for 10 years! And then with this extreme process of writing and recording each track in only one week, everything to do with the album feels so heightened. People listening seem to be able to sense this about it or channel it in some way. We get a lot of very moved people at the end of the shows we’ve played. Boone at the label (Cosmic Glue) couldn’t stop playing it all weekend when we sent it to him. People who’ve already bought the album have messaged me to say the similar things.
TF: And can you sum up the record in one sentence?
“Listening to music is better than talking about it?” If I was better at summing up my music in one sentence, I’m sure I’d be more successful… How about “Songs that hopefully make you wanna draw another breath”? or we had a recent review that was “like a mix of Beck and the Polyphonic Spree, trying everything they can find in a music shop.”
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, can we expect you will be promoting it with live gigs?
I write and record and release a lot. I switched to a Bandcamp subscription model last year. Lockdown showed what obviously flawed bobbins the Spotify streaming model is… yet another broken cog in a broken industry. It’s been wonderful writing and releasing music for my subscribers. So I’ll be continuing to write and record and release for the rest of this year. I think I’m working on about three different albums of my own at the moment so there’s plenty to look forward to. Hopefully there will be lots of live shows too. As much as the live streams have been successful, I love playing in the room with other humans. It’s my favourite thing.
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
It was very special to sell out the album launch at The Yard in Manchester. To say they’re my favourite is a disservice to them, they’ve been one of my lifelines during these last 18 months. They helped me so much with a live streamed album recording last year to help launch my Bandcamp subscription. At a time when I had no income, it allowed me to make it through the year. I can’t stress how great the team there is. It was cool showing people the recording process live as well. Real interesting. And I always love playing Liverpool, anywhere in Liverpool. Audiences there are so open minded. They have an attitude to music that sits very well with my own… the “it doesn’t matter what genre it is, it’s music” attitude. LOVE that. Glasgow too seems to have a similar vibe.