Following the blistering electro-dubstep soul of ‘Changeling’, ALISON MOYET releases her first single proper from new album ‘The Minutes’. ‘When I Was Your Girl’ is perhaps a more conventional number after the experimentation of ‘Changeling’ with a reflective, but anthemic mood with rousing strings adding a lift to the melancholy. The promo video is touchingly atmospheric and shows Alison reminiscing with her younger self on a rainy Southend Pier.
Although ‘When I Was Your Girl’ is one of the more orthodox moments from her new album ‘the minutes’, the rest promises to be a machine-driven collection, co-written and produced by Guy Sigsworth. Lead track ‘Horizon Flame’ is said to be “all panoramic strings and icy electronics” while ‘Rung By The Tide’ is described as “epic, dark, filmic…”
‘the minutes’ is a return to the electronic sound which most will associate with her time in YAZOO with Vince Clarke. It will be the focus of her upcoming Autumn tour. On her website, she has said she will be “returning to the stage with computers and screens and programming a go-go” plus taking “advantage of the altered line-up to approach again songs from Yazoo, my early solo synth years and ‘Hometime’…”. The Basildon girl born Genevieve however also warns “Ballads will be in short supply!”
‘When I Was Your Girl’ is released via the usual digital outlets on 1st April by Cooking Vinyl. ‘the minutes’ follows on 6th May 2013 as CD and download
Cork Opera House (30th September), Belfast Waterfront Hall (1st October), Dublin Olympia Theatre (2nd October), Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (4th October), Edinburgh Usher Hall (5th October), Gateshead The Sage (6th October), Sheffield City Hall (8th October), Rhyl Pavilion Theatre (9th October), Coventry Warwick Arts Centre (10th October), Northampton Derngate Theatre (12 October), Ipswich Regents Theatre (13th October), London Royal Festival Hall (15 October), Cambridge Corn Exchange (16th October), Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall (17th October), Bristol Colston Hall (19th October), Cardiff St. David’s Hall (20th October), Brighton The Dome (21st October), York Barbican Theatre (23rd October), Salford The Lowry (24th October), Liverpool Philharmonic Hall (25th October), Nottingham Royal Centre (27th October), Birmingham Symphony Hall (28th October), Southend Cliffs Pavilion (29th October), Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre (31st October)
Text by Chi Ming Lai
22nd March 2013