Manchester trio MONEY received either acclaim or disdain for its debut album The Shadow of Heaven (2013) with folks either hailing them as the ‘next big thing’ or writing them off as ‘overrated’. In either case, it would be instructional to see where MONEY went with its sophomore effort.
The fact that it is called Suicide Songs suggests that MONEY is not prepared to lie down and meet other people’s expectations of what their music should be like. In a modern pop scene that mimics a lot of the wrong 80s music, it’s refreshing to witness how MONEY is able to assimilate the BIG MUSIC of The Waterboys, U2, Simple Minds et al and the lyricism of Joy Division and The Smiths into their atmospheric psych-folk agenda.
Between singer-songwriter Jamie Lee’s emotionally overwrought vocals and guitarist Charlie Cocksedge’s empathetic stylings, there is something immensely powerful about songs like “I Am The Lord”, “You Look Like A Sad Painting On Both Sides of the Sky” and “I’ll Be The Night”.
And as strange as this might sound, there is the strong influence of Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) in many of the acoustic-driven numbers – how Lee is able to call upon the demons in his haunted soul in the same manner that is truly affecting.
For once, this is indie pop-rock that deserves that description – music that hews to its own artistic design and not dictated by mathematical formula. Heart and soul on the sleeve.