Johnny Marr will release his first solo album, The Messenger, on 25 February. The winner of this year’s Q Hero Award made the album in Manchester and Berlin after living in Portland for an extended spell. “The underlying idea of the record is my experience of growing up in Europe,” he said. “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.” Watch the video for the record’s title track above.
Via Q Magazine