The Quietus - A new rock music and pop culture website

News

LISTEN: Spiritualized From 'Maddening' New LP
John Doran , June 11th, 2018 14:38

J Spaceman driven "mad" by epic new album And Nothing Hurt, which will be out on Bella Union this September... and could be his last

Revered psychedelic rock band Spiritualized have announced a new album And Nothing Hurt, due out on 7 September on Bella Union. They have shared two new tracks, 'I'm Your Man', the video for which you can watch above, and 'A Perfect Miracle' which you can listen to here.

The band have also announced a series of live shows this Autumn including one at the Hammersmith Apollo to tie in with the release of their seventh full-length studio album and first since 2012's Sweet Heart Sweet Light.

The album has been recorded "almost entirely" by Jason Pierce from his home studio in East London. He had this to say about the process: "Making this record on my own sent me more mad than anything I’ve done before. We’d been playing these big shows and I really wanted to capture that sound we were making but, without the funds to do, I had to find a way to work within the constraints of what money I had. So I bought a laptop and made it all in a little room in my house.”

Getting used to 'the new reality' for musicians in 2018 has proved a steep learning curve: "The biggest thing for me was to try to make it sound like a studio session. But I was new to it all, I didn’t have all the short cuts people use as when they’re making records – I just sat there for weeks… for months… moving every level up bit by bit just to try to get the sounds right.

"With a bit of trial and lot of error, I found ways of doing something that’s quite simple if you’ve got the resources. I spent two weeks listening to classical records and strumming the chord that I wanted on my guitar. When I found something I wanted to match, I’d sample that bit and go for the next chord and try to match that. It took weeks, trying to put together and layer convincing string sounds."

According to Bella Union, the songs on And Nothing Hurt concern "thoughts of passing time and acceptance of one’s age" – especially on the track ‘Let’s Dance’. He adds: "I didn’t want to be fighting against my age; it’s very much about acceptance. And not with any dissatisfaction either – I’m not raging against the inevitable. I spent a lot of time thinking about the way that the songs should hold together, trying to make the narratives make sense rather than just throwing together a couple of lines that rhymed."

He has once again hinted that this album may be his last under the Spiritualized name: "I was quite sincere about that and I still feel like it might be the case. It was such hard work. I found myself going crazy for so long. It’s not like there’s no coming back, I’m fine now… it’s just such a hard thing to do, to make a record like this on your own. If almost as if I’m not pushing myself to point of madness, it’s not going to be right. I think the biggest goal is to make something that’s worthy of all that time and effort. And the more time and effort, the bigger the goal. I knew I had to make something that was good enough that it should be made. And a massive positive about making the record is that we get to play it live. That’s always the most joyous thing; this amazing thing that seems to go right through the roof.”

If you love our features, news and reviews, please support what we do with a one-off or regular donation. Year-on-year, our corporate advertising is down by around 90% - a figure that threatens to sink The Quietus. Hit this link to find out more and keep on Black Sky Thinking.