Inspired by a Gil Scott-Heron song of the same name, Billy Green Is Dead is Jehst’s first all-original album in six years. The album follows a fictional Billy Green on his journey through a worryingly relatable, uncaring and individualistic world.
Eulogy (produced by Paul White), in true Jehst style is lyrically pleasing, syntaxical perfection. However, like many of the new tracks Billy is on a downward spiral, with things not going his way he’s seemingly on the brink of depression. Characterised by Ewen Farr’s saintly, child-like illustrations, the video is a somewhat subversive Harry Potter scene; the religious depictions coming to life on a museum wall, with one playing a drum machine, injecting a bizarre juxtaposition and gentle humour into a contemplative, insular song.
With the release of the video Jehst has announced his UK tour, catch him in your city soon and check the track below.
05 Oct – Patterns, Brighton
06 Oct – The Loft, Southampton
07 Oct – The Garage, London
12 Oct – Academy 3, Birmingham
13 Oct – Sound Control, Manchester
14 Oct – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
15 Oct – Wardrobe, Leeds
19 Oct – Marble Factory, Bristol
20 Oct – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
21 Oct – ABC 2, Glasgow