"Lomax is one of those artists that will persistently and consistently produce music of excellent quality without compromising for the benefit of mass appeal. This is art (without wanting to sound pretentious) and art sounds good." - Listen With Monger
Currently working on his fourth album; a double, potentially triple album… Granfalloon continues the work of third album Positive Songs to focus more on traditional songwriting and not quite traditional storytelling to chisel out small, beautiful moments. Bee on a String is one of the early fruits of these recording sessions and definitely points towards the warm sound of 70’s folk rock with a dose of Richard Lomax’s customary nods to surrealism and whimsy.
Granfalloon is the principal project of Richard Lomax, a Manchester-based songwriter and producer who has been constantly creating since 2003. After spending some time making avant-garde music in the north of England, where he made his creative home, he cut his teeth fronting surf rock bands and the anarchic folk collective Johnny5thWheel&thecowards, then Lomax moved to Manchester in 2013.
Granfalloon was conceived after an operation in 2017 left Lomax with temporarily limited mobility. While in recovery, he recorded the debut Granfalloon album, Down There For Dancing, with lo-fi drum machines, an Omnichord, and a guitar.
The second album, RGB, was released in 2019. Lomax began weaving his oddball elements into a larger soundscape by working with a full band, creating dreamy songs and cinematic soundscapes . That year also saw Granfalloon perform at Bluedot Festival as well as touring the UK and Europe. The album's singles were championed by BBC Introducing and BBC 6 Music.
His third Granfalloon album, Positive Songs, was released in August 2021 through Hello Cosmos' label, Cosmic Glue. It comprises 11 tracks produced for ‘The Positive Song Project’ which was launched by Lomax during the first lockdown of 2020. It invited songwriters to create new music, challenging themselves to focus on positive aspects and feelings. So far, the project has resulted in the creation of over 300 tracks by artists from all over the world.
The project grew from a self instigated challenge between two friends into a community of songwriters from around the globe and as weeks went on musicians got in touch with Lomax to collaborate on the songs he was writing each week.
“My kind of artist” - Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
"Utterly enchanting" - Crack Magazine
"Music that wouldn't sound out of place in a Wes Anderson film" - Drunken Werewolf
"like a mix of Beck and the Polyphonic Spree, trying everything they can find in a music shop." - Wall of Sound
Lomax has previously released two albums with Johnny5thWheel&thecowards. These included TalesOf... through Sotones Records (Band Of Skulls/The Moulettes), described as "a work of genius" by Whisperin' & Hollerin' and "one of the finest folk-pop records of the year" by God Is In The TV. Both albums were critically acclaimed in many blogs and listed in several as top albums of the year.