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➤ Reborn Alison Moyet lets herself off the mainstream leash

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No longer “a cheap date”: Robert Elms with Alison Moyet today

❚ ALISON MOYET HAS COMPLETED her eighth solo album, The Minutes, with Guy Sigsworth on production creating a whole new synthesised sound. It is released on May 6 on the Cooking Vinyl label. Today she talked to Robert Elms on his BBC London show about slipping into “electro-jazz” and being able to say No to merely doing more cover versions. “I wanted to play a bit.”

She surprises Robert by saying, yes she is a mainstream artist, but regards herself as an instrumentalist, that her first instrument is “a voice – I love chanson, like Brel or Michel Legrand. But as well as being a voice, I’m an artist where voice is not the main thing, it can be about the lyric or the melody. I don’t always want the voice to be the focus!”

Alison Moyet, the Basildon punk, high priestess of electronic pop and peerless soul singer, set out as Genevieve Alison Jane. An Essex girl born to a French father and English mother, she left school at 16, became famous at 21 as singer in Yazoo, and released her triple-platinum solo debut, Alf, at 23. She found fame hard to handle at such a young age, but hindsight has helped her appreciate those experiences. “For a while in the mid-80s, it was amusing to be a pop bitch, but that changed, and it stopped being enough. Now I am able to put my early work into context and find pleasure in the innocence of it.” Between 1984 and 1987, Moyet was Britain’s biggest female solo star.

➢ Robert Elms interviews Alison Moyet on BBC London 94.9 and plays two singles, 4 May 2013 (last half hour) – on iPlayer for seven days

➢ On video, May 15: Alison Moyet talks to Absolute 80s Martyn Lee about her new album The Minutes

♫ Preview clips from Alison Moyet’s The Minutes, out May 6. The first single When I Was Your Girl is on sale already

➢ The Minutes tour starts Sep 30 in Cork and hits London’s Royal Festival Hall on Oct 15, ends Oct 31

➢ Moyet’s comeback single – ‘my happiest studio experience’

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➤ A rave for Alison Moyet’s comeback single – ‘my happiest studio experience’

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Hello again, Alison Moyet: three-times Brit winner and Grammy nominee

➢ PJ’s verdict today: “Completely amazing in the 2010s – What we have before us in The Changeling is an extraordinary, very modern-sounding and effortlessly stylish comeback tune that teases Moyet’s first album in six years. You will note that her voice sounds completely sensational but that’s to be expected really isn’t it? The smart, decadent production is the work of Guy Sigsworth…”

➢ Utterly free download of Changeling, the first track to be premiered from a new album by 80s icon Alison Moyet – The Minutes is Alison’s first artist album since 2007 and was produced by Guy Sigsworth, known for his work with Robyn, Björk, Goldie and Madonna. The singer says: “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. 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.”

➢ 2012, NME names synth-duo Yazoo’s Only You as the 8th Greatest Song in Pop History

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