John Grant Opens Up About Being HIV+ In Hercules And Love Affair’s “I Try To Talk To You”

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Hercules and Love Affair have been teasing us for a while now: With The Feast of the Broken Heart dropping on May 26, DJ Andy Butler’s collaborative disco-house project has released “I Try To Talk To You,” a followup to the album’s debut single, “Do You Feel The Same?”

A joint effort with gay singer/songwriter John Grant, the hauntingly beautiful track recounts how Grant, a 2014 Brit Award nominee, learned how he was HIV-positive. “I asked John to dig deep with his lyrical contribution [but] I had no idea he would dig so deep,” says Butler. “He tackled the story of becoming HIV-positive, and while I mentioned to him that he did not need to go there if he was not comfortable, in that beautifully punk-y, spirited and courageous way he has about him, he told me that was what the song was going to be about.”

Despite its serious subject matter, “I Try To Talk To You” is a shimmery dance track— complete with Hercules and Love Affair’s signature throwback house sound and Grant’s lush vocals.

Check out the music video for “I Try To Talk To You,” directed by David Wilson, below.