Pale Green Ghosts

by John Grant

Pale Green Ghosts

Pale Green Ghosts is the second solo album by former The Czars frontman John Grant, released on March 11, 2013, on the Bella Union label. Recorded in Reykjavík and produced by Icelandic musician Birgir Þórarinsson, the album features a range of local musicians alongside Irish singer Sinéad O’Connor providing backing vocals.The title refers to the Russian olive trees that stand along the I-25 highway near Grant’s childhood home in Parker, Colorado. The track “Pale Green Ghosts” includes a string arrangement inspired by the second movement of Prelude in C-sharp minor by Rachmaninoff. Pale Green Ghosts was chosen as Album of the Year 2013 by Rough Trade.


  1. Pale Green Ghosts (6:04)
  2. Black Belt (4:19)
  3. GMF (5:14)
  4. Vietnam (4:28)
  5. It Doesn’t Matter To Him (6:26)
  6. Why Don’t You Love Me Anymore (6:11)
  7. You Don’t Have To (5:53)
  8. Sensitive New Age Guy (4:41)
  9. Ernest Borgnine (4:53)
  10. I Hate This Town (4:04)
  11. Glacier (7:36)
  12. Pale Green Ghosts (6:04)
  13. Black Belt (4:19)
  14. GMF (5:14)
  15. Vietnam (4:29)
  16. It Doesn’t Matter To Him (6:27)
  17. Why Don’t You Love Me Anymore (6:12)
  18. You Don’t Have To (5:54)
  19. Sensitive New Age Guy (4:42)
  20. Ernest Borgnine (4:54)
  21. I Hate This Town (4:04)
  22. Glacier (7:36)

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Format Vinyl 2× LP Album (Mint Green), CD Album
Label Bella Union
Catalog Number BELLAV377
Notes Gatefold cover with 180g mint green vinyl, printed inner sleeves. Recorded and mixed at Oroom Reykjavík. Additional recording at Orgelsmiðjan Studio and Syrland Studio, Reykjavik; Elmwood Studio, Dallas; and Strongroom, London. Mastered at 3345 Mastering. Pale Green Ghosts contains a string arrangement based on the second movement of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in C# Minor. No track durations mentioned on this release. ℗ & © 2013 Bella Union. Made in the EU.
Discogs URL John Grant - Pale Green Ghosts