Suicide Songs

Suicide Songs



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Enigmatic from their onset, MONEY's early days included frequent band name changes, D.I.Y. multimedia shows in abandoned buildings, and a reluctance to appear in publicity photos or music videos. After it became known that leader Jamie Lee had relocated from the group's base of Manchester, England to London while his bandmates remained, mystery also surrounded whether or not the band would finish another album, much less manage to equal their impressively absorbing, melancholic debut, especially with additional talk of struggles with alcohol and mental health. Reunited in a Brixton studio under the guidance of producer Charlie Andrew (Alt-J), the band, it turns out -- perhaps against the odds of sophomore albums in general without the extra troubles -- created an artfully fortified second LP that manages to merit its somewhat imposing title. On Suicide Songs, MONEY add instrumental texture to their atmospheric, guitar-driven indie rock via strings, brass, woodwinds, and more. Instead of inflating the sound, however, the added timbres are carefully selected and arranged with elegantly expressive results. "You Look Like a Sad Painting on Both Sides of the Sky," for instance, which opens with acoustic guitar and Lee's movingly craggy delivery of the folky melody ("There will be music all around/When they put me in the ground"), adds simple piano, sparse drums, and moaning cello to a slow build that ends in a low, unison sigh by Lee and strings. "Suicide Song," a paradoxically sunshiny tune, similarly treats horns as human-like voices to unbalanced effect, as if a New Orleans funeral brass band broke into a tribute to classic Brit-pop. In the scene-setting "Night Came," strings and guitars interact seamlessly with Lee's vocals, all crying and stuttering while trying to hold on to the melody. Elsewhere, "I Am the Lord" ("I don't want to be God/I just don't want to be human") features the Indian stringed instrument dilruba -- not the only Beatles-spotted moment on the album. The crowning achievement is that all of the musical and lyrical poetry works together to make a haunting, howling album that, despite outward signs, is above all tuneful and engaging.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/29/2016
Label: Bella Union
UPC: 5414939931598
catalogNumber: 518
Rank: 156856

Album Credits

Performance Credits

MONEY   Primary Artist
Jamie Lee   Group Member
Polly Wiltshire   Viola
Jo Archard   Violin
Charlie Andrew   Bass Guitar,Horn,Saxophone,Dilruba,Cabasa
Austin Cooper   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Kirsty Mangan   Violin
Rachael Lander   Cello
Marika Hackman   Background Vocals
Charlie Cocksedge   Horn,Group Member
Billy Byron   Horn,Group Member
Angela Ricci   Background Vocals
Sarah Andrew   Bassoon
Laura Barnes   Background Vocals
Ezzy Anya   Background Vocals
Edward Parr   Trombone
Viva Msimang   Trombone
Russell Woods   Viola

Technical Credits

Jamie Lee   Composer
Charlie Andrew   Producer
Kirsty Mangan   String Arrangements
MONEY   Composer
Brett Cox   Engineer
Charlie Cocksedge   String Arrangements
Elliot Kennedy   Cover Photo

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