Alison Moyet

Alison Moyet

BandPopEDM

Alison Moyet is a British legend. She began her musical career in 1982 with Vince Clarke - forming Yaz. Together they released 2 albums, and she has since released a further 8 solo albums, the most recent being the Top 5 (in the UK) album 'the minutes' (2013).

Biography

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 preimiered the video to the first single "When I Was Your Girl" at: http://tinyurl.com/alison-usatoday. In addition, the album track "Changeling" was 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.

Lyrics

When I Was Your Girl

Written By: Alison Moyet

When I was your girl
I didn't know that I would
end where you begin
more beautiful in your skin
No matter of regret
this loosening curl
Teasing you out
When I was your girl

In my room you said we'll stay here
for an endless year
Close the door we're letting no one near
When I was your girl
When I was your girl

And then today
All the nightmares came my way
All the tears I tried to stay
You were never satisfied
When I was your girl
When I was your girl

And when I was she
I'd put on every coat
To wear the weather down
But even in the sun
You said you tasted rain
I watched you unfurl
You held on to me
When I was your girl
In my cups
I see you watching from the edge of the bed
I'm sinking words that you never said
When I was your girl
When I was your girl

And then today
I'll be keeping out your way
Every debt they owe I pay
They were never satisfied
When I was your girl
When I was your girl

We tore out a page
Impolitely quit the stage
Into corners sweep our rage
I would never leave you crying

When I was your girl
When I was your girl
When I was your girl

Changeling

Written By: Alison Moyet

Radio
through my car window
mouths makes shapes
hullo’s that look like violence
We pull out and here
the traffic waltzes
slow, quick go,
move over you say

How does anybody get to work like this?
Can anybody tell me does it work like this?

I remember when the world was a little girl
Every corner turned leading back to her
Flowing like a stream on a rolling stone
Certain there was nothing changing

Heel to toe
we throw our forward roll
and hope something
somewhere is catching
Spill onto a boulevard
I lose my grip of you
Move with me I say

How does anybody get to work like this?
Can anybody tell me does it work like this?

I remember when the world was a little girl
Every corner turned leading back to her
Flowing like a stream round a rolling stone
Dream that I was never changing

And in every face I should chance to meet
I’m looking for the one that can still place me
Any corner turned holding back for her
Dream that we were never changing

Right As Rain

Written By: Alison Moyet

If you can’t be happy with me
Be unhappy with me
Stay unhappy with me
If you can’t find peace in my arms
Find dis-ease in my arms
As you please in my arms

Go, I’ll fight you every step of the way
Know, that nothing now will be the same
As right as rain

If you feel like nothing with me
And see nothing in me
Then be nothing with me
If you can’t find rest in my bed
Then don’t bother your head
Lie awake there instead

Oh and may you never sleep again
Sow and may you never reap again
As right as rain

Takes one to make you suffer
One to leave you on your own
Takes one to make you suffer
And one to leave you on your own

It’s a sad-sack affair
And you want it
You want it
You want it
It’s a loud life out there
But you hear yourself speak
When you’re on it
And before I don’t care…

If you can’t be happy with me
Be unhappy with me
Stay unhappy with me

Filigree

Written By: Alison Moyet

I fell into a cinema
Watching pictures in a dream
Shifting the fidget into still
Nine other people took their leave

No humping bones
All filigree
Grace and nature
Mimicry
All but took me to my knees

You jump too soon and miss all this
Now something beautiful happens
All there is - these beautiful minutes
We wait on
We wait on

It moved as slow as slow can be
Half eaten words of earth and sea
I didn't feel it touching me
You jump too soon and miss all this
Now something beautiful happens
All there is - these beautiful minutes
We wait on
We wait on

I fell into a cinema
I didn't know where else to be
Sitting out a trip or three
I thought I wanted frippery

That girl five seats down, and me
Concave and blinking at the scene
Rolling credits on a screen

You jump too soon and miss all this
Now something beautiful happens
All there is - these beautiful minutes
We wait on
We wait on

Love Reign Supreme

Written By: Alison Moyet

Do you keep for a relic
Every ticket in your pocket
For a time you need reminding
Of the webbing and the binding?

Will you cherish every barb
That caught you soft and unprotected
Like a souvenir collected
Of the harrow and the hiding?

You are more than the sum
Of the numbers you've been done
And it fits to be kind
Even as your chest is bleeding

And may love reign supreme in your heart

Hold on to what you know
You light the room, you give it all
Take with you when you go
The smile that you've been sketching
on my face
And if you slip again
The nearest truth is when you do
And as you slip away
I'm waiting here
for everything to change

Will you write me a card when you
Reach your destination?
I won't take it as a white flag
Or a sign of hesitation

Just a temporary token
I'll be keeping in my pocket
With a Biro and a lighter
'til it smacks of desperation

We are more than the sum
Of the numbers we've been done
And it's right to be kind
Even as your chest is bleeding

And may love reign supreme in your heart
May love reign supreme in your heart

Hold on to what you know

You light the room
You give it all
Take with you when you go
The smile that you've been sketching
on my face
And if you slip again
The nearest truth is when you do
And as you slip away

I'm waiting here
for everything to change

Discography

1984: Alf
1987: Raindancing
1991: Hoodoo
1994: Essex
2002: Hometime
2004: Voice
2007: The Turn
2013: The Minutes