If you're into press-release descriptives, The Messenger features Marr's "signature guitar and vocals front and center with a sound which mixes elements of angular art rock and rock n' roll." It comes out February 25, 2013 in the UK and a day later in North America.
Marr made the album of moving back to England after a stint living in Portland (where he served as a touring member of Modest Mouse), recording it in Manchester and London, with the songs mastered at Abbey Road to double up on that Englishness.
"The underlying idea of the record is my experience of living in Britain," Marr explains, of the album. "When you're away from your home city you're more compelled to write about it. Growing up in the city influences you, and as I've grown older I've continued to see beauty, energy and stories in it."