Thursday, March 28, 2013

The return of Alison Moyet

photo by Tom Martin
A long awaited return. I've been looking forward to new music from her since seeing the Yaz reunion at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa several years ago...

On June 11, Cooking Vinyl/Metropolis Records will present the minutes, the new album by Alison Moyet. The veteran singer has achieved sales of more than 20 million, both as a solo artist and as half of influential duo Yaz. Her first album since 2007, it was written with and produced by Guy Sigsworth (Bj√∂rk, Madonna). 

The minutes has parallels to her synth-pop past, but also takes in elements of pop, R&B, modern club sounds and electronic experimentation.

"I avoided listening to anything during the process of writing and recording this album, choosing instead to be lead by my own melodic voice, the one I now find myself with 30-years-in," says Moyet.

"Guy Sigsworth returns me to a programmer's world and marries it with perfect musicality. I have been waiting for him. We have made an album mindless of industry mores that apply to middle-aged women and have shunned all talk of audiences, demographics and advert jazz covers. This has easily been my happiest studio experience."

In anticipation of the album's release in June, USA TODAY premiered the video to first single "When I Was Your Girl": Album track "Changeling" is now available as a free download for a limited time at

She recently told a music writer that "When I Was Your Girl" is less electronic than the rest of the album, but it "an appropriate call to 'please gather.' It is a track I like very much. The video was taken on Southend Pier, a location that figured highly in my girlhood years. It was a shocking weather day. The sky was a colander and consequently we got about two full passes in before the rain told us all respectfully to pig off. Here: Child me. Adult me and ever, my Essex."

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