Photo Credit: Tom Martin
On June 11, 2013, Cooking Vinyl/Metropolis Records are proud to present the minutes, the new album by world-renowned musical icon ALISON MOYET, who has achieved sales of more than 20 million, both as a solo artist and half of influential duo Yaz (Yazoo outside of the US). Her first album since 2007, the minutes was written with and produced by Guy Sigsworth, known for his work with Frou Frou, Robyn, Björk, Goldie and Madonna. It finds Alison’s voice strong and seductive on a collection of exceptional songs. Experimental, captivating and entirely cohesive, this is beauty with an edge.
Clearly indicating a new artistic lease of life, the minutes is arguably Alison’s most creatively-brimming album ever. It has subtle parallels to her synth-pop past, but is also bang up-to-date, taking in elements of high-end pop smashes, R&B, modern club sounds and electronic experimentation.
“I avoided listening to anything during the process of writing and recording this album, choosing instead to be lead by my own melodic voice, the one I now find myself with 30-years-in,” says Alison. “Guy Sigsworth returns me to a programmer’s world and marries it with perfect musicality. I have been waiting for him. We have made an album mindless of industry mores that apply to middle-aged women and have shunned all talk of audiences, demographics and advert jazz covers. This has easily been my happiest studio experience.”
Panoramic strings and icy electronics start proceedings on album-opener “Horizon Flame,” before the massive-chorus-meets-jerky-robotic-R&B of “Changeling” kicks in. “Apple Kisses” highlights the versatility of Alison’s singing; having defined dancefloor synth-pop in Yaz, this track sees her voice equally at home soaring over a snarling bassline that wouldn’t sound out of place tearing from the Fabric sound system. Equally schooled in club culture is the punchy house/bass squelch of “Right As Rain,” whilst the brighter in mood “Love Reign Supreme” recalls Chris & Cosey’s “October Love Song.” The darkly-beautiful, emotionally-fraught torch song “A Place To Stay” precedes the positive and uplifting “Filligree,” which is indicative of the whole album’s cohesive pendulum swing from darkness to light and back again.
In anticipation of the album’s release in June, USA TODAY is premiering the video to the first single “When I Was Your Girl” today at: http://tinyurl.com/alison-usatoday. In addition, the album track “Changeling” is now available as a free download for a limited time at www.alisonmoyet.com, and finds Alison’s voice as strong and seductive as ever, with its powerful and dramatic style indicative of the album as a whole. “‘When I Was Your Girl’ is the first ‘single’ release from my forthcoming album,” she told Brian Mansfield of USA Today. “Unlike the rest of the album, this recording is less evidently electronic but is an appropriate call to ‘please gather.’ It is a track I like very much. The video was taken on Southend Pier, a location that figured highly in my girlhood years. It was a shocking weather day. The sky was a colander and consequently we got about two full passes in before the rain told us all respectfully to pig off. Here: Child me. Adult me and ever, my Essex.”
Alison Moyet first to prominence when she and her Yaz partner Vince Clarke scored a worldwide hit with the song “Only You.” Completely by accident, she found herself thrust into the spotlight of the mainstream pop world. Yaz went on to reinvent British dance music, merging cool synthesized soundscapes with soul. Two albums and a Brit Award for Best New Band later, aged just 23, she signed a solo deal with Columbia and records the multi-million selling debut Alf. Released in 1984, the album spawned three UK Top 10 hits and wins her a Brit for Best Female Artist. A three-times Brit winner and Grammy nominee, Alison Moyet has achieved sales of more than 20 million in her career to date, both as a solo artist and half of acclaimed duo Yaz. All of her seven previous studio albums charted in the UK Top 30.
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