Johnny Marr has released the ‘Fever Dreams Pt 2’ EP, including four new tracks that will make up the second quarter of his anticipated double album, ‘Fever Dreams Pts 1-4’, due February 25th, 2022.
Including the single ‘Sensory Street’, currently on the A-List at BBC Radio 6 Music and the Radio X ‘X-Posure’ playlist, ‘Fever Dreams Pt 2’ also features ‘Tenement Time’, ‘Hideaway Girl’ and ‘Lightning People’ – a brilliantly slow-building song that moves from verses evoking impending danger to against-the-odds defiance. Each highlights ‘Fever Dreams Pts 1-4’s sheer sonic scale and emotional potency.
Speaking about ‘Lightning People’, Johnny Marr said: “I wanted to pay tribute, in a way, to people who are interested in me, and listen to me. Even if it’s just for the five minutes of people listening to the song, to galvanise this idea of ‘us’. I deliberately used the language of soul music: “Bring it all my brothers. Bring it all my lovers. Be the Lightning People. Just like we’ll always be. It’s Glam Gospel.”
Elsewhere ‘Tenement Time’ arrives a rousing, reflective creation – “That’s the experience of growing up in the inner city as a little kid, running around being quite wild. This idea of “Forever, forever is mine” – it’s about running around Ardwick, bunking into warehouses and getting chased. That was the first time I was self-consciously into culture: around people who wore certain clothes, and it was part of being a little Manchester boy, really. I have a real romanticism about that period of my life.”
Watch the official music video for ‘Tenement Time’ below and the new lyric video for ‘Sensory Street’ above. The ‘Fever Dreams Pt 2’ EP is available digitally and on very limited edition 12” transparent violet vinyl HERE.
Early previews of ‘Fever Dreams Pts 1-4’ have been met with widespread acclaim. Johnny Marr’s anticipated return to the live stage in September marked his first shows since performing ‘No Time To Die’ with Billie Eilish and Hans Zimmer live at the BRIT Awards, following his work on the new James Bond film soundtrack, now the highest-charting album in the history of the film.
Looking to 2022 and following the release of ‘Fever Dreams Pts 1-4’, Johnny Marr will join Blondie as a special guest on their ‘Against The Odds’ headline tour through April and May, including London’s O2 Arena, before heading out on The Killers’ headline US arena tour, beginning in August through to October 2022.
‘Fever Dreams Pts 1-4’ will be available on CD and double vinyl with the official store offering exclusive limited edition white vinyl and cassettes, alongside merch bundles with signed prints. HMV and independent record stores will also be stocking a limited edition turquoise vinyl pressing. Pre-order/pre-sale HERE.
‘Fever Dreams Pts 1-4’ Track Listing
1. Spirit Power & Soul
3. All These Days
5. Lightning People
6. Hideaway Girl
7. Sensory Street
8. Tenement Time
9. The Speed of Love
10. Night and Day
11. Counter-Clock World
13. God’s Gift
15. The Whirl
2022 UK Tour Dates (with Blondie)
Fri 22 The SSE Hydro Glasgow
Sat 24 Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
Tues 26 The O2 Arena London
Thurs 28 The Brighton Centre
Fri 29 Bonus Arena Hull
Sun 1 AO Arena Manchester
Mon 2 Liverpool M&S Bank Arena
Wed 4 First Direct Arena Leeds
Thurs 5 Motorpoint Arena Nottingham
Sat 7 Birmingham Utilita Arena