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John Squire to release second solo album and single

Story: Jack Foley

FORMER Stone Roses legend, John Squire, is to release his second solo album, entitled Marshall’s House, in the New Year.

The follow up his top 20 album in 2002, Time Changes Everything, is scheduled for a release next February, and will be pre-empted by a single, Room in Brooklyn, on February 2.

Marshall's House features 11 new songs that were written and produced by Squire, with Simon Dawson co-producing, a long-time collaborator since the Stone Roses Second Coming.

Working with the members of the band who toured with John last year, the album was recorded in a spurt of 12 days at Bryn Derwen, in Wales.

Talking about what to expect, Squire commented: "I knew this album would be different organically… It does seem far more like a band, more than the last two proper bands."

All the tracks on Marshall’s House are inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper, the American realist.

Best known for his works from Depression-era America, in the Thirties and Forties, Hopper’s ‘Nighthawks’ (1942) and ‘Gas’ (1940) stand as exemplary glimpses into the starkness and loneliness of America as she strove towards modernisation.

"Hopper painted American scenes and American people – usually quite solitary and depressed-looking individuals," continued Squire.

"The reason I wanted to write about them was that I find them all quite haunting – superficially light, and awkward and ordinary, but there was something disturbing about some of the characters.

"So each of the songs is an extrapolated story around those images," he adds.

The track listing is as follows:

Hotel Room
Marshall’s House
Lighthouse & Buildings
Cape Cod Morning
People In The Sun
Tables For Ladies
Yawl Riding A Swell
Room In Brooklyn

The first single from the album will be Room In Brooklyn, which will be available on CD and numbered 7” vinyl, and is backed with another new track, Nighthawk.

In addition to putting the finishing touches to the LP, Squire is currently working on the first ever exhibition of his artwork.

The exhibition will showcase all of his sleeve artwork from the legendary Stone Roses’ covers through to The Seahorses, as well as his contributions to the Help / Warchild album projects.

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