Guitar legend Johnny Marr has announced details of his new solo album.
The former Smith’s man will release Playland on the 6th of October. It will be the follow up to his debut solo album, The Messenger, that was released in 2013.
The new album was recorded in London at Tritone Studios, and the lead single, “Easy Money”, will be released on the same day.
In interview with NME, Marr said: “It was deliberate to work in London. Where you work definitely affects how it sounds and seeps into the music, and I’ve developed a really good feeling for London in the past couple of years, I like the frenetic atmosphere.”
“The album’s main themes are the atmosphere of the city, and the preoccupations of the people who live in them,” Marr continued. “Those preoccupations being consumerism, sex and anxiety, or distraction and transcendence from those things.”
Playland was co-produced by Marr and bandmember and co-producer Doviak. Mixing was handled by Claudius Mittendorfer in New York, and mastering at Abbey Road by Frank Arkwright, who has in the past worked with Arcade Fire, The Smiths, New Order, Joy Division, Coldplay, Oasis and Primal Scream.
The full tracklist for Playland is as follows:
“Back In The Box”
“Speak Out Reach Out”
“Boys Get Straight”
Marr and his band will embark on a series of live dates in the UK during October, playing:
13th of Oct: Lincoln The Engine Shed
14th of Oct: Southend Cliffs Pavillion
15th of Oct: Bexhill De La Warr
17th of Oct: Wolverhampton Civic Hall
18th of Oct: Cardiff Great Hall
20th of Oct: Bournemouth O2 Academy
21st of Oct: Cambridge Corn Exchange
23rd of Oct: London O2 Academy Brixton
24th of Oct: Bath Pavilion
25th of Oct: Manchester O2 Apollo
27th of Oct: Glasgow O2 Academy
28th of Oct: Newcastle O2 Academy
29th of Oct: Leeds O2 Academy
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