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Johnny Marr announces new double album ‘Fever Dreams Pts 1-4’

The new release will mark the legendary guitarist's first full length album of all new music since 2018

By Hollie Geraghty

Johnny Marr on the cover art for new album 'Fever Dreams Pts 1-4''
Johnny Marr on the cover art for new album 'Fever Dreams Pts 1-4. Photo: Dawbell.

 Johnny Marr has announced a new double album, ‘Fever Dreams Pts 1-4’, marking his fourth solo full length release.

The 16-track double LP is due to be released February 25 2022 via BMG, making it the former Smiths guitarist’s first full length album of all new music since his 2018 release ‘Call The Comet’.

Speaking about the album, the legendary guitarist said: “There’s a set of influences and a very broad sound that I’ve been developing – really since getting out of The Smiths until now, and I hear it in this record. 

There are so many strands of music in it. We didn’t do that consciously, but I think I’ve got a vocabulary of sound. And I feel very satisfied that I’ve been able to harness it.”

He added: “It’s an inspired record, and I couldn’t wait to get in and record every day. But I had to go inwards.”

The first quarter of the album, the ‘Fever Dreams Pt 1’, EP is released digitally and on limited edition vinyl on October 15th, featuring tracks ‘Spirit Power and Soul’, ‘Receiver’, ‘All These Days’ and ‘Ariel’. 

The announcement also comes with plans for an intimate livestream event, ‘Live At The Crazy Face Factory’, where fans will have a chance to virtually visit the studio where the new record was created.

The global livestreams are due to take place between November 10-14 2021.

Fans who pre order the album from the official artist store will be able to gain access to exclusive pre-sale livestream tickets before the general onsale opens.

In 2022 Marr will join Blondie as a special guest on their ‘Against The Odds’ headline tour through April and May, before heading out on The Killers’ headline US arena tour in August to October 2022.

Marr also co-wrote the soundtrack for the new James Bond film ‘No Time To Die’ with regular collaborator Hans Zimmer, including the film’s title track of the same name, written with Billie Eilish and Finneas.

Speaking to NME last year, Marr praised the brother and sister duo for their inspired creative choices on the track.

He said: “When I heard the song, I thought ‘this is fantastic’. It’s very brave, being very minimalist. It’s her sound, and then the trick was to Bond-ify it.”

The legendary guitarist also spoke highly of Eilish’s flourishing music career: “Billie’s just the best new, I don’t wanna say pop act, but it’s great when someone that cool is that popular, individual and a lot of people can relate to her. She’s a really good musician, and her family is a really musical family, very soulful. I know a great musician when I see one.”

‘No Time To Die’ premiered with massive critical acclaim, earning £5m in its first day at the box office along with multiple five star reviews.