Former Yazoo member (or, for legal reasons in the US, Yaz) and stunning contralto Alison Moyet released her first studio LP, Alf, thirty years ago. Like any great artist, she hasn’t stopped committing herself to her craft since then. Best of all, it’s as if she hasn’t aged a day since then; her 2013 LP the minutes received some of the best press of her career. Following a world tour for the music of the minutes, Moyet has prepared a live album capturing that tour in action. Below you can stream “All Cried Out”, a track from Alf, reimagined for Moyet’s 2013 tour.
Moyet described her thought process behind the the minutes world tour: “Having worked live for an age with a traditional band line-up I decided to return to my recording roots and an electronic pallet. This rapprochement begins with my 2013 album the minutes, a body of work I wrote together with its producer Guy Sigsworth, resulting in a collection of material that is entirely pleasing for me to perform live. As the catalyst for ‘the minutes’ tour, it enabled me to revisit some of my earlier work, either in the context it was originally intended, or with a new ear. Instead, reworking organic songs into a programmed format rather than the other way around and sparing me the niggling suspicion that I was in danger of inhabiting my own tribute act—which is a relevant consideration when you have been singing some of the songs for 30 something years, and wish still to be engaged.”
minutes and seconds - live is out on 10 November in the United Kingdom through Cooking Vinyl. Its United States release will happen just after the new year on 13 January.