Grace has been working towards her debut solo record for the past few years and her vision is finally realised in the form of ‘Silver Eater’. The album’s name came to fruition after Lightman’s obsession with the sad, almost sci-fi tinged tale of Paul Karason, the American man whose skin turned permanently blue after using a silver compound to treat a skin condition, in the early 2000s.
‘Silver Eater’ has been a collaborative effort between Grace alongside Ben Baptie[previously mixed & engineered; Moses Sumney, Young Fathers, Puma Blue, Lady Gaga] who makes his producer debut on this record and creative partner / co-writer Patrick J Pearson – between the three of them they’ve created a truly unique record that encapsulates Grace’s surreal pop driven vision and unique artistry.
Speaking on the ‘Repair Repair’ Grace explains “The track was originally written as a conceptual parody of a jingle for a protein shake. It was also where Paul Karason (the guy who’s story of a prescribed colloidal silver diet causing him to turn blue became my obsession) made his way into the lyrical content: ‘Silver Eater, so becoming!’. The idea of the Silver Eater, my alter ego and album’s namesake, was then grown from there.”
And on the video Grace continues “I wanted the video to look like I was dancing inside a disco ball. Patrick Pearson (my creative partner) and Alex Lightman (my brother and director) helped make that dream a reality.”
The London bred musician makes sense of a tangle of competing influences- ranging from David Lynch and Laurie Anderson to classic disco and melodic big-stakes pop to craft a sound that resists lazy characterisation. One part ABBA, two parts Twin Peaks, and mediated through the character of the eponymous Silver Eater – an extra-terrestrial fallen to earth, doomed to imitate and fall in love with the very humans they must remain a fugitive from. With the release of ‘Silver Eater’, Lightman has achieved something fiendishly rare, a concept album that combines narrative ambition with a sly undercurrent of dark humour.
Grace recently performed a stellar set at the Old Blue Last as part of a night hosted by Dork Magazine. Grace will be hitting the stage again this October for her headline show The Islington and is performing at Blue Dot Festival.
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