Grawl!x is the solo project of Derby-based musician and filmmaker James Machin.


Grawl!x biography

“Dream pop should sound this way: beautiful, assured, intriguing and resonant” – Louder Than War

“Prepare yourself to be swept up into a whole wondrous world of colour and feeling” – The 405

“Twists the conventional instrumentation and infuses it with innovative performance techniques, cinematic sensibilities and aspects of electronic production” – Echoes and Dust

“What’s arguably most remarkable about the album trilogy is the sheer ambition and variety on show” – For The Rabbits

The solo project of Derby-based multi-instrumentalist James Machin Grawl!x and his first release for Reckless Yes – 2018 LP Appendix – was the final album in a trilogy about grief. It followed Good Grief (2015) and Aye! (2016) both of which were released through Time Travel Opp Records.

Far from being gloomy across the three albums are ethereal and uplifting moments, ambience and richly orchestrated songs. And just like grief they are not a linear listen but rather form a whole, a spiral on which you find yourself returning to tracks and melodies within them, hearing something new and yet familiar each time.

This third album sits alongside the Grawl!x written and directed short film Fleeting, and includes contributions from Haiku Salut, composer Richard J Birkin, and guest vocals from Pet Crow’s Danielle Cotterill and Mighty Kids’ Shelley Jane Newman.

Grawl!x has played with bands including Haiku Salut, and Richard.J.Birkin, and puts in mesmerising live performances adapting the music for solo performances or for up to a six-piece band. However they are played live – by many or few – or on record they are never short of astounding.

New music from Grawl!x is due in 2019 with the release of single Epicene in July, taken from the forthcoming album Peeps.

Please note: Grawl!x should always be written with the ! in place of the letter i, except where technology makes this impossible or unwise. Grawl!x is both a solo project of James Machin – both should be referred to with the pronoun them/they. 

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Music and discography


Appendix – listen on Spotify


  • Epicene (feat. Jo Lewis) – digital single – July 2019 on Reckless Yes
  • Minutiae – digital single – November 2018
  • Appendix – LP – 2018 on Reckless Yes
  • Appendix b – digital single – 2018 on Reckless Yes
  • Don’t Do It To Yourself (feat. Danielle Cotterill) – digital single – 2018 on Reckless Yes
  • Empathy – digital single – 2017 on Reckless Yes
  • Aye! – LP – 2016 on Time Travel Opps
  • I Don’t Know What To Tell You – digital single – 2016
  • Good Grief – LP – 2015 on Time Travel Opps
  • Run Forever – digital single – 2014




Don’t Do It To Yourself

Appendix B

Live shows

For a full list of live shows please take a look at Grawl!x’ website – live highlights below:

  • JT Soar, Nottingham – 24 July 2019
  • Indietracks Festival, Derbyshire – 26-28 July 2019.

Press releases and news



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Live bookings and information for promoters

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