Listen to Who You Are the new single by Granfalloon - out now on Bandcamp, Spotify and Apple Music.
"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
Granfalloon is the principal project of Richard Lomax, a Manchester-based songwriter and producer who has been constantly creating since 2003. Lomax came to music later than most after an early scarcity of exposure. When he did, it felt like opening a door from a world of black and white to a universe bathed in a spectrum of mesmerising colour. Too late to take a traditional path of formal training, Lomax entered an avant-garde music course in the north of England, where he made his creative home. After cutting his teeth fronting surf rock bands and the anarchic folk collective Johnny5thWheel&thecowards, 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 as a full band 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, will be out in August 2021. 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.
“The idea formed from a conversation I was having with Lobelia Lawson, the co-founder of PSP about how a lot of inspiration for our songs comes from a place of introspection or melancolia, anger or pain. We thought we would challenge ourselves & other musicians to focus on positive songwriting. Maybe it began as a way of managing anxiety or as a refusal to let the cancellation of gigs completely take music away but it soon become this weird positive energy... this propulsive force which grew into something very special"
Positive Songs is out in August 2021.
“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
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.
Lomax is about to release the third Granfalloon album, Positive Songs, through Cosmic Glue, the new record label set up by Hello Cosmos.