Johnny Marr Announces New Solo Album, 'Playland'

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Johnny Marr has announced that his second solo album, Playland, will be released on October 7 via Warner Music Group. The album is the followup to his 2013 solo debut, The Messenger, which was a Top-10 hit.

Playland is available for pre-order now on iTunes and Amazon.

Work on the album began in London in spring 2014 following a year of touring in support of The Messenger. For the new album, Marr once again collaborated with co-producer Doviak, as well as the other musicians who performed on The Messenger and its accompanying tour.

"When The Messenger came out, I kept on writing," Marr says. "I liked that the band had a momentum going on tour and a connection with the audience, and I thought that energy would be good to capture on the new record."

Written around a common theme of "songs that move at the speed of life," Playland captures much of the spirit of The Messenger, with energetic, post-punk songwriting complemented by Marr's characteristic guitar style, thought-provoking lyrical ideas and poised vocal phrasing.

"It's important to sound like your environment and on this record that's London and Manchester," Marr sayss. "The feeling of the cities and the people make it into the music."

The title Playland is inspired by Homo Ludens, a 1938 book by the highly influential Dutch cultural theorist Johan Huizinga, which explores the concept of play as a precursor and principal element of cultural development.