Johnny Marr Playland on LP
Johnny Marr’s upwards trajectory continues unabated with the release of his second solo album Playland. Work on the release 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 collaborator and co-producer Doviak as well as the other musicians who performed on the album and accompanying tour.
As Johnny 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.”
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 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 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.
Johnny Marr Playland Track Listing:
1. Back In The Box
2. Easy Money
5. 25 Hours
6. The Trap
8. Speak Out Reach Out
9. Boys Get Straight
10. This Tension
11. Little King