Johnny Marr Dynamo on 7" Vinyl
After making a rapturous return with the success of his debut solo album The Messenger last year, Johnny Marr’s new album Playland underlines his position as one of the most influential musicians of his generation. Again released to glowing reviews, Playland hit the Top 10 and was followed with a sold-out UK tour which included a memorable night at the O2 Brixton Academy at which he was joined by another Manchester music legend in the shape of Noel Gallagher. The profile of Playland will be boasted with the release of the album’s second single "Dynamo" - produced by Marr and his regular collaborator Doviak.
“It’s one of my favourite riffs that I’ve ever written,” he says. “The verses are similar to that early 80s angular sound but then it turns into something like a post-punk Beach Boys.” Inspired by the sight of an architecturally stunning building that Marr saw while on tour in Harlem as well as by London’s Gherkin which overlooked the studio for some of the album’s recording, "Dynamo" is a love song for a building which features phrases informed by Le Corbusier and acts as a metaphor for a more personal relationship.
Work on Playland commenced in London in the Spring as soon as the year of touring in support of The Messenger came to a close. It finds Marr continuing the creative connection that was forged on The Messenger with Doviak as well as the other musicians who performed on the album and accompanying tour.
Written 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 with energetic, post-punk songwriting complemented by Johnny Marr’s characteristic guitar style, thought-provoking lyrical ideas and poised vocal phrasing. "It's important to sound like your environment and on this record that's London and Manchester,” he explains. “The feeling of the cities and the people make it into the music."
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