Johnny Marr has released ‘Tenement Time’ and ‘Sensory Street’, two new singles set to feature on the ‘Fever Dreams Pt 2’ EP. Due for release on 17 December, the EP will preview four brand new tracks that make up the second quarter of Johnny Marr’s forthcoming double album, ‘Fever Dreams Pts 1-4’.
Premiered by Steve Lamacq on BBC 6Music, ‘Sensory Street’ follows on electro-soul album opener ‘Spirit, Power and Soul’s anthemic strand – a startling track with strident electronics that Marr describes as, “the story of a surreal 48 hours in subterranean England”. ‘Tenement Time’ marks the end of the double album’s first half. A rousing, reflective creation fusing sonic power with an emotional potency. Both highlight ‘Fever Dreams Pts 1-4’s sheer sonic scale.
Speaking about ‘Tenement Time’, Johnny Marr said:
“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.”
The ‘Fever Dreams Pt 2’ EP will include four new songs that make up the second quarter of the double album – ‘Sensory Street’, ‘Tenement Time’, ‘Lightning People’ and ‘Hideaway Girl’. The ‘Fever Dreams Pt 2’ EP is released digitally and on very limited edition 12” transparent violet vinyl on 17 December 2021.
Early previews of ‘Fever Dreams Pts 1-4’ (due 25 February 2022) have been met with widespread acclaim. ‘Spirit, Power and Soul’ was playlisted by BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Radio 2, described as “his strongest solo composition yet” by the Evening Standard, “an exercise in progressive creative ambition” by DIY, “invigorating” by Uncut, with “defiance in its DNA” by CLASH and simply “banging” by The Telegraph.
Johnny Marr’s anticipated return to the live stage marked his first shows since performing ‘No Time To Die’ with Billie Eilish and Hans Zimmer live at the 2020 BRIT Awards, following his work on the new James Bond film soundtrack, now the highest-charting album in the history of the film. Sold-out dates across the UK saw Johnny described as “emerging from lockdown in one of the most prolific periods of his colourful career” by the NME, and “breaking new ground with his solo material” by The i Newspaper.
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.
‘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