Johnny Marr stopped by BBC Radio 6 Music’s Radcliffe & Macione earlier Thursday to premiere “The Trap”, the second track from his forthcoming sophomore solo album, Playland, due out October 7th via Warner Bros.
Following lead single “Easy Money”, which replicated the punchy energy of The Messenger, “The Trap” has less of a distinct edge. Instead, there’s a newfound vulnerability in Marr’s burgeoning vocals as the song takes on a bit of R.E.M.’s wistful and jangly guitar tones, along with a little hint of The Cure’s dreamy melodies thrown in for good measure. During the accompanying in-studio interview, Marr joked about his newfound responsibility as a singer, explaining, “I produced a lot of records, so when I come to do my own vocals I just say, ‘get on with it and get it right.'”Judging by how tight this song actually is, Marr really does mean business.
Listen in over at BBC Radio 6; the track begins at the 53:09 mark.