Morrissey debuts second ‘World Peace’ single, “Istanbul,” along with a spoken word video

May 20, 2014
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Leading up to the release of his tenth full-length album, World Peace Is None Of Your Business, Morrissey has begun premiering new singles, along with spoken word music videos. 

Last week, the title track, which the singer had already been performing live on his current tour, arrived, along with a spoken word video featuring Nancy Sinatra. This week, the Pope Of Mope has dropped another track, “Istanbul,” with a similar spoken word video to accompany it. A third video, for a song called “The Bullfighter Dies” (which has also become a recent live staple) briefly surfaced earlier this week, but was quickly taken down.

Check out Moz's brand new single, “Istanbul,” as well as last week's “World Peace Is None Of Your Business,” below:

“Istanbul” – Audio

“Istanbul” – Spoken Word Video

“World Peace Is None Of Your Business” – Audio

“World Peace Is None Of Your Business” – Spoken Word Video

World Peace Is None Of Your Business will arrive July 15 thorough Harvest Records. The album was produced by Joe Chiccarelli, and recorded earlier this year in France. Notably, it appears to be the singer's first effort in over two decades not to feature former touring guitarist and longtime co-writing partner Alain Whyte, and marks Moz's second-longest gap between releases; his last album, Years Of Refusal, arrived in 2009. World Peace is available to pre-order now in a variety of physical formats and bundles, as well as on iTunes. Check out the tracklisting and cover art below:

1. World Peace Is None Of Your Business
2. Neal Cassady Drops Dead
3. Istanbul
4. I'm Not A Man
5. Earth Is The Loneliest Planet
6. Staircase At The University
7. The Bullfighter Dies
8. Kiss Me A Lot
9. Smiler With Knife
10. Kick The Bride Down the Aisle
11. Mountjoy
12. Oboe Concerto
13. Scandinavia (Deluxe)
14. One Of Our Own (Deluxe)
15. Drag The River (Deluxe)
16. Forgive Someone (Deluxe)
17. Julie In the Weeds (Deluxe)
18. Art-Hounds (Deluxe)

Following of year of tour cancelations and postponements due to health and various other issues, Morrissey is finally in the midst of his first North American tour in 14 monthsKristeen Young is out in support, and a month of dates still remain. So far, all performances have moved forward as planned, albeit not without a few hiccups along the way.

May 20 – Liberty Hall – Lawrence, KS
May 22 – Majestic Theatre –  Dallas, TX
May 24 – Austin Music Hall – Austin, TX
May 25 – Julie Rogers Theatre – Beaumont, TX
May 27 – Orpheum Theatre – Memphis, TN
May 28 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN
May 30 – Mahaffey Theater – St Petersburg, FL
May 31 – Knight Concert Hall – Miami, FL 
June 4 – Cobb Energy Center – Atlanta, GA
June 6 – Revel Ovation Hall – Atlantic City, NJ
June 7 – Boston Opera House – Boston, MA
June 10 – Meyerhoff Symphony Hall – Baltimore, MD
June 11 – Lincoln Theatre – Washington, DC
June 13 – Civic Opera House – Chicago, IL
June 14 – James Whiting Auditorium – Flint, MI 
June 16 – Artpark Main Stage Theater – Lewiston, NY
June 17 – Grand Opera House – Wilmington, DE
June 19 – Hershey Theatre – Hershey, PA
June 21 – Barclays Center Arena – New York, NY

In further Morrissey news, the singer's verified but long dormant Twitter account came alive last week, only to be shot down as a fake by the man himself.

Written by Philip Obenschain

APTV Nashville Correspondent Born and raised on a steady diet of punk rock and DIY culture in Staunton, Virginia, and now residing in Nashville, Tennessee, Philip Obenschain has spent time as a touring artist, artist manager, and show promoter, and is currently involved in television production and music tech, outside of journalism. In addition to his work at Alt Press and APTV, Philip is the assistant editor at No Country For New Nashville.