Having released a short film for ‘Goodnight London’ last month, MONEY have just unveiled a somewhat more DIY video for ‘The Shadow Of Heaven’, the title track from their debut album. Directed by their friend Liam Healy, the video captures the band’s distinctive aesthetic along with the madcap antics of singer and lyricist Jamie Lee.
MONEY last year unveiled a video to ‘Hold Me Forever’. The work is the directorial debut of celebrated actor Cillian Murphy (‘Inception’, ’28 Days Later’, ‘The Wind That Shakes The Barley’, ‘Breakfast On Pluto’) and features dancers from the English National Ballet and filmed at locations including The Old Vic Theatre in London.
MONEY are Jamie Lee, Charlie Cocksedge, Billy Byron and Scott Beaman. Having formed in Manchester amidst a prolific underground milieu, they soon came to embody the passion, creativity and optimism of a new generation of artists and musicians who found themselves presented with what singer/frontman Jamie describes as ‘an extraordinary, poetic city’. Their debut album The Shadow Of Heaven consists of ten songs that range from stripped-back piano ballads such as ‘Goodnight London’ and ‘Black’ to the more epic ‘Hold Me Forever’ and ‘Bluebell Fields’. Rooted in universal themes of the spirit, love and loss, the album also addresses man’s condition in the modern world, issues ‘such as isolation and mental health as logical reactions to it’, says Jamie. It’s an album full of yearning and soul-searching, a voyage of (non-) discovery that only ends up finding itself and the sheer, aching beauty of questions asked in full knowledge of their own answerlessness. It’s metaphysics for the modern age, which might not be quite as spiritually bankrupt and bereft of meaning as we once believed.
The Shadow of Heaven is out now on Bella Union. MONEY are touring the US in September.
The Shadow Of Heaven Lyrics
Don’t you think we’re something like God?
Angry, tempestuous, human?
We suffer from wide-eyed loneliness
In the sky
I have walked in Heaven
So must talk in Hell
The cruelty of godliness within us
Is his loneliness
Take me wherever you will go, far
To your mind, to your mine, to your street and to your son
Where the cars, and the eyes, and the people are on fire
And your god cries love
I’m going out into madness to wander
I’m going to build a cell up in the sky
And when the world it swims inside of me
Then I’m going to drown
My girl screams in the company of her bedsheets
Whilst I speak with angel in the bar
I’ll meet you in the shadow of Heaven
Tomorrow, or in some other life
US Tour Dates:
Sep 4 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
Sep 5 – Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands
Sep 6 – Philadelphia, PA – Milkboy
Sep 7 – Washington, DC – DC9
Sep 9 – Los Angeles, CA – Echo
Sep 10 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop
Sep 12 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir
Sep 13 – Seattle, WA – Barboza