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Album Review: MONEY – Suicide Songs

 
By on Tuesday, 26th January 2016 at 12:00 pm
 

If you are a band from Manchester, chances are you’re going to be tarred with the same brush as those before you: Oasis, Stone Roses, Joy Division, etc., etc. The bands that do deserve this, they try to replicate past winning formulas, mostly because they work. But there also those who don’t conform and like to try do things a little differently. MONEY are a fine example of the latter.

Their sophomore album for Bella Union, ‘Suicide Songs’, is full of vast, open soundscapes that contain the inner workings of the mind on its darkest levels but more specifically, the mind of frontman Jamie Lee. Coated in references to mental health issues, heartbreak and various romanticism throughout life, Lee takes whatever comes into his mind and forms poetic lyricisms to crush your soul and also take care of it. Along with these lyrical themes, there are also musical influences taken from Indian culture, with the guitar sounding almost sitar-like from the get go in ‘I Am the Lord’, which itself is a slow introduction to this new phase of MONEY.

‘I’m Not Here’ is oddly bittersweet in its content and form. It’s as close to jubilation as MONEY get in its musical qualities: the song has a euphoric atmosphere that melds a string accompaniment with the broken guitar warble that recurs throughout the album. Layers of vocals and chanting create an almost heavenly wall that surrounds the song, it soon reaches its crescendo point where everything drops out bar more solo guitar and layered vocals, ending with reverb drenched exclamations of “I’m not here!”

’Suicide Song’, the apt halfway point of the album, is akin to that of fellow Mancunian legends The Smiths, albeit partially. There is something Morrissey-esque about the way Lee sings, “This is your, suicide song…” With added horns behind the soloing guitar, nothing but a dreary, grey Manchester afternoon is conjured in the mind. And you really do begin to see through Lee’s eyes the further the album plays. ‘Hopeless World’ is a perfect statement on the state of the world today, and along with its outro that follows a chord sequence reminiscent of the Britpop era, it’s certainly a safe statement that ties the record together nicely.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OecJg2lav34[/youtube]

Final track ‘Cocaine Christmas and an Alcoholic’s New Year’ is one which is certainly not on the upbeat scale. A piano is sparingly played, while another horn section slowly takes it over amidst wails of “and I’m wasting all my time, on cocaine at Christmas, and bottles of wine”. The song is quaintly endearing in its ability to remain sombre, even as it references being “happy as a child.” (You can grab the live version of the song from the performance presented in the video in this previous MP3 of the Day post from earlier this month.)

The qualities from their debut record ‘The Shadow of Heaven’, which was acclaimed for its depth and etherealness, are all but lost on this record. On their debut, MONEY approached the songwriting with the finesse of Grizzly Bear and the mind of New Order. In contrast, with ‘Suicide Songs’, they take this musical formula and see more of their own unique approach coming out resulting in a further, darker development in what makes MONEY talk.

7/10

‘Suicide Songs’ is out this Friday, the 29th of January, on Bella Union. The band will be on tour in the UK in February to support this new release. For more coverage on MONEY on TGTF, follow this link.

 

MONEY / February 2016 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 14th January 2016 at 9:00 am
 

Header photo by Joe Wilson

Update 04/02/2015: The Manchester Ritz show scheduled for Wednesday, the 10th of February, has now been moved to Friday, the 22nd of April.

Manchester art rock band MONEY have recently announced a run of UK tour dates to support their forthcoming sophomore LP ‘Suicide Songs’.  The album is due for release on the 29th of January via Bella Union, and the UK tour begins with a hometown date at Manchester Ritz on the 10th of February.  You can stream the emotionally expansive album track ‘I’ll Be the Night’ just below the tour date listing.

Tickets for the following shows are available now.  If you fancy a preview of MONEY in live performance, check out this recent MP3 of the Day feature.  TGTF’s collection of previous coverage on MONEY can be found by clicking here.

Wednesday 10th February 2016 – Manchester Ritz (moved to Friday 22nd April 2016)
Thursday 11th February 2016 – Nottingham Bodega
Friday 12th February 2016 – Liverpool Leaf
Sunday 14th February 2016 – Leeds Belgravia
Monday 15th February 2016 – Birmingham Hare and Hounds
Friday 19th February 2016 – Bristol Lantern
Saturday 20th February 2016 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Monday 22nd February 2016 – London Village Underground
Tuesday 23rd February 2016 – Brighton Green Door Store

[youtube]https://youtu.be/aHgG6qHEyWc[/youtube]

 

MP3 of the Day #893: MONEY

 
By on Tuesday, 12th January 2016 at 10:00 am
 

Emotionally cutting Manchester band MONEY will be releasing their sophomore album later this month. ‘Suicide Songs’, their second LP, will be out on the 29th of January on Bella Union, and the album closes with a song with a weighty title: ‘A Cocaine Christmas and an Alcoholic’s New Year’. As part of the promotion for the new album, the band are giving away a live version of the track, recorded live last November 2015 at Salford’s White Hotel, as a free mp3. You can listen to the track alone and download it for your own collection in the SoundCloud embed below, and if you want the full experience, you can also watch the live performance of the song from where the mp3 was taken directly below it.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OecJg2lav34[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #1584: MONEY

 
By on Friday, 25th July 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

Manchester four-piece MONEY now have a video for the title track of their debut album, ‘The Shadow of Heaven’. The lyrics “I have walked in Heaven / So must talk in Hell / The cruelty of godliness within us / Is his loneliness” are explored literally as the band film themselves visiting religious sites (presumably around their hometown?), along with the band physically planting themselves among the capitalist shoppers of the Northern town, some of the shoppers even stopping to hang with them down on the pavement. The visuals are disorienting as the images flit from one to another, but I think that was the point, to match singer Jamie Lee’s dreamy vocals. Watch it below.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXJH5DJuf_Q[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #1551: MONEY

 
By on Monday, 16th June 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

Manchester’s MONEY have released a mini-film for their track ‘Goodnight London’, off their debut album ‘The Shadow of Heaven’ out now on Bella Union. Described on the PR sheets as “a fictional piece of art-house cinema” and directed by Jem Goulding, the softly sung lyrics of frontman Jamie Lee and the spare piano notes are haunting, as is the story as it unfolds. Watch below.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnMdfim68cA[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #1247: MONEY

 
By on Saturday, 6th July 2013 at 10:00 am
 

Manchester’s MONEY are getting a lot of attention on that American tastemaker Web site, even premiering their latest video, ‘Hold Me Forever’. I don’t think of ballerinas when it comes to the band’s music, but maybe you see it differently? Watch the video below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6lPO_rSGjY[/youtube]

 
 
 

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