Johnny Marr has unveiled the video for his first ever solo single, “The Messenger”.
As revealed by NME last month, Marr will release his debut solo album, also called The Messenger, on February 25.
The album was recorded in Manchester and Berlin, and mastered at London’s Abbey Road by Frank Arkwright. The pair previously worked together on remastering work for The Smiths‘ box set Complete.
“The Messenger” sees Marr turn frontman after years as star sideman and guitarist-for-hire. He said of the album: “The underlying idea of the record is my experience of growing up in Europe. When you’re away from your home city you’re more compelled to write about it, whether that’s because you’re homesick or you’ve got more objectivity, I don’t know. Growing up in the city influences you, and I’ve continued to see stories and energy in it.”
Song titles on the album include “The Right Thing Right”, “Upstarts”, “European Me” and “I Want The Heartbeat”.