John Grant Lets the Dogs Out in Surreal New Video For 'Love Is Magic:' Premiere

Shawn Brackbill
John Grant

Surrealist indie star John Grant has written plenty of songs about love and its various meanings and purposes throughout his career. But few of them ring as true as the title track of his upcoming album, “Love Is Magic." It's a song that acknowledges just how rage-inducing, and yet somehow still beautiful, the feeling can be.

Now, Grant has visualized the message for his song with a brand new music video, premiering on Billboard today (Aug. 7). While the singer himself does not appear in the video, he makes up for his absence through the presence of a number of extremely well-trained dogs. The good boys and girls show off their tricks and stunts they can do with their owners throughout the whole video, while Grant’s haunting electronic voice hovers above, singing about love.

In a statement to Billboard, Grant succinctly sums up why he decided to use this very specific vision for his video. “Fanny’s [the video’s director] video is a beautiful snapshot of unconditional love,” he says. “But obviously, there is still a lot of work involved. At least on the dog’s part."

The singer’s upcoming album Love Is Magic, out Oct. 12, aims to complete the transition he started on his 2015 album Grey Tickles, Black Pressure by making a record almost entirely of various kinds of electronic music, which is evidenced in the titular song and its video.

Grant has made waves over the past few years as a fresh, uniquely queer voice in the music industry. His song “Snug Slacks,” a sexy, strange dance number about an older and younger man hooking up, was hailed as one of Pitchfork’s “50 Songs That Define The Last 50 Years of LGBTQ+ Pride.

Check out the full video for Grant’s “Love Is Magic” below, along with the singer’s upcoming tour dates.

08/16 - Birmingham, UK - Symphony Hall

08/18 - Wales, UK - Green Man Festival

08/19 - Belfast, UK - Open House Festival

08/20 - Edinburgh, UK - Edinburgh International Festival

10/26 - Reykjavik, IS - Silfurberg

10/29 - Brighton, UK - Brighton Dome

10/30 - London, UK - O2 Academy Brixton

10/31 - Bath, UK - The Forum

11/02 - Sheffield, UK - Octagon Centre

11/03 - Manchester, UK - Albert Hall, Manchester **SOLD OUT**

11/07 - Copenhagen, DK - Vega

11/08 - Oslo, NO - Sentrum Scene

11/09 - Wangels, DE - Rolling Stone Weekender

11/10 - Wangels, DE - Rolling Stone Weekender

11/12 - Koln, DE - Kulturkirche

11/13 - Hamburg, DE - Kampnagel

11/14 - Berlin, DE - Astra Kulturhaus

11/16 - Rust, DE - Rolling Stone Park

11/17 - Rust, DE - Rolling Stone Park

11/30 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw

12/02 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall

12/03 - Montreal, QC - Fairmont Theatre

12/05 - Detroit, MI - El Club

12/06 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon

12/08 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line

12/09 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall

12/11 - Denver, CO - Bluebird

12/12 - Salt Lake City, UT - State Room

12/14 - Los Angeles, CA - Lodge Room

12/15 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst - Atrium

12/16 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall

12/18 - Seattle, WA - Columbia City Theatre

12/19 - Portland, OR - Star Theater

12/20 - Vancouver, BC - Imperial Vancouver