Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Johnny Marr news

Johnny Marr’s second solo album Playland is scheduled for October. 

Work commenced in London in the Spring as soon as the year of touring in support of The Messenger ended. It finds Marr continuing the creative connection that was forged on The Messenger with collaborator and co-producer Doviak as well as the other musicians who performed on the album and accompanying tour.

As the English guitarist/singer states, “When 'The Messenger' came out, I kept on writing. I liked that the band had a momentum going on tour and a connection with the audience, and I thought that energy would be good to capture on the new record.”

Penned around a common theme of “songs that move at the speed of life,” Playland captures much of the spirit that made The Messenger so memorable. 

“It’s important to sound like your environment and on this record that’s London and Manchester,” he adds. “The feeling of the cities and the people make it into the music.”

The title Playland is inspired by "Homo ludens," a 1938 book by the highly influential Dutch cultural theorist Johan Huizinga which explores the concept of play as a precursor and principal element of cultural development.

To be released on CD, vinyl and digital formats, the Playland track listing is:

Back In The Box
Easy Money
25 Hours
The Trap
Speak Out Reach Out
Boys Get Straight
This Tension
Little King

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