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Alison Moyet's "The Rarest Birds" - video

By ANA AMMANN // Alison Moyet on The Other Tour

Alison Moyet, perhaps best known for delivering two of the 80's most iconic albums, Upstairs at Eric's and You and Me Bothwith synth legend Vince Clarke (Depeche Mode, Erasure), is coming to the Pacific Northwest this week as part of her 58-city, worldwide tour in support of her ninth studio album, Other.

This latest effort stays true to her synth-ful roots, and her voice delivers every bluesy, impassioned note just as it did thirty years ago. The tour sees Moyet performing a selection of songs from the new album mixed in with some of her best-loved solo songs and even some of those Yazoo tunes that helped define the dance music landscape.

The video for her most recent single, "The Rarest Birds", was filmed in Brighton, England; where diversity is celebrated and she currently resides.

About the song, she says:

’"The Rarest Birds’ is a paean to LGBTQ, to Brighton, to coming out after the darkest nights into the arms of those that delight in your flight. From me to you."

"This song celebrates a place where a person can be who they were meant to be. It celebrates solidarity when it comes to individualism. It holds hands and calls time on silence, stillness, fear. It celebrates beautiful girls born boys. Stronger boys for being born girls. Freedom to identify where best we fit.”

If you manage to obtain passage into one of the tour's sold out shows, you my friend are in possession of a golden ticket as Moyet recently expressed via her tour diary that, "It is likely I will never play these [U.S.] cities again."

Remaining U.S. show dates:

  • 22 Sept – Star Theater: Portland, OR
  • 23 Sept – The Showbox: Seattle, WA
  • 25 Sept – The Fillmore: San Francisco, CA
  • 26 Sept – Music Box: San Diego, CA
  • 27 Sept – The Fonda Theater: Los Angeles, CA

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