Johnny Marr has announced his upcoming double album release, Fever Dreams Pts 1-4. Marking his fourth solo full-length record, the 16-track double LP will be released on February 25th, 2022 via BMG.
Fever Dreams Pts 1-4 is the first full album of all-new Johnny Marr music since 2018’s acclaimedCall The Comet. The first taste of the album came from the electro-soul opening track “Spirit, Power and Soul” released last month. All 16 songs make up a fantastically expansive work with a deliberate beginning and end.
About the album, Johnny says, “There’s a set of influences and a very broad sound that I’ve been developing – really since getting out of The Smiths until now, and I hear it in this record. There are so many strands of music in it. We didn’t do that consciously, but I think I’ve got a vocabulary of sound. And I feel very satisfied that I’ve been able to harness it.”
Live At The Crazy Face Factory will premiere globally on Wednesday November 10th, and be available on-demand until Sunday November 14th. Especially curated by Johnny, the special allows fans the chance to step inside his custom-built Crazy Face Factory studio where Fever Dreams Pts 1-4 was created. Johnny discusses his creative process and life in song-writing, alongside a set of full-band live performances from across his career. Fans who pre order the album from the official artist store HERE will be able to access exclusive pre-sale livestream tickets at a special price before the general on sale opens at 4AM EST on Wednesday October 20th HERE. Live At The Crazy Face Factory will be available worldwide & premieres at the following equivalent local times on November 10th.
Premiere # 1 – 8pm AEDT / 9am GMT
Premiere # 2 – 8pm GMT / 9pm CET
Premiere # 3 – 8pm EST / 5pm PST
Premiere # 4 – 11pm EST / 8pm PST
Fever Dreams Pts. 1-4 explores a multitude of concepts and themes. Because the wider world effectively shut down during its creation, Marr’s focus was pushed into both his interior life, and evoking the emotional and psychological states of others. “It’s an inspired record, and I couldn’t wait to get in and record every day,” he says. “But I had to go inwards.”
As well as evoking the past and present, the album looks to the future, the idea that even in the most trying times, hope endures. Songs like “Hideaway Girl”, “Lightning People” and “Tenement Time” are anthemic, rousing creations. Songs “The Speed Of Love” and “Rubicon” offer introspective, exploratory pieces that take advantage of the project’s emphasis on space. Running through the album are two key elements: echoes of the wildly diverse music from across Marr’s career, and lyrics that are direct, emotional, deeply human, and thereby true to what Marr calls “The Language Of The Song.”
Written and recorded at the Crazy Face Factory over the last year, Fever Dreams Pts 1-4 was created with Marr’s long-standing band: co-producer Doviak, bassist Iwan Gronow, drummer Jack Mitchell, and features backing vocals throughout the album from the Massachusetts-based singer-songwriter Meredith Sheldon, with three songs featuring bass from Primal Scream’s Simone Marie.
The first quarter of the album, the Fever Dreams Pt 1 EP will be released digitally and on very limited edition 12” silver vinyl on October 15th, and features “Spirit Power and Soul” and three further tracks, “Receiver”, “All These Days” and “Ariel”. Pre-save HERE.
September saw Johnny Marr’s anticipated return to the live stage to debut new music from Fever Dreams Pts 1-4, his first shows since performing ‘No Time To Die’ with Billie Eilish and long-standing collaborator Hans Zimmer live at the 2020 BRIT Awards, following his work on the new James Bond film soundtrack.
Looking to 2022 and following the release of Fever Dreams Pts 1-4, Johnny Marr will join, The Killers’ on their 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. Independent record stores will also be stocking a limited-edition turquoise vinyl pressing. Preorder/presale 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