Spiritualized have announced details of their new studio album, And Nothing Hurt, due for release 7th September 2018 via Bella Union in the UK/Europe and Fat Possum in the US. The band have shared two tracks from the LP: lead single ‘I’m Your Man’ watch the video below and ‘A Perfect Miracle’.
Spiritualized have also announced news of live performances in support of the album, including a headline show at London’s Hammersmith Apollo two weeks after release.
The album was conceived and recorded almost entirely by one man – Jason Pierce, AKA J. Spaceman – in an upstairs room in his east London home. Sat in an edit suite in Whitechapel a month or so after finishing recording, Jason talks honestly about the painstaking, frustrating process of creating And Nothing Hurt.
“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.”
Whereas bedroom recording is commonplace for a generation of musicians who’ve grown up with horizon-expanding tech, Spiritualized have long used the studio as they would an extra member of the band – as a vital building block in the construction of some of the most cherished records of the modern era. This time would be very different. With no grounding in digital recording, Jason had to learn everything from scratch.
“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.”
Lyrically, And Nothing Hurt touches on thoughts of passing time and acceptance of one’s age. “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.”
Spritualized new LP And Nothing Hurt will be released 7 September via Bella Union.
Spiritualized will perform at London’s Eventim Apollo on 21 September.
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And Nothing Hurt LP Artwork
1. A Perfect Miracle
2. I’m Your Man
3. Here It Comes (The Road) Let’s Go
4. Let’s Dance
5. On The Sunshine
7. The Morning After
8. The Prize
9. Sail On Through
21 SEP – London – Eventim Apollo
22 SEP – Angers, France – Levitation
23 SEP – Paris – Cabaret Sauvage
11 OCT – New York City – Kings Theatre
16 OCT – Los Angeles – The Orpheum Theatre
2 NOV – Barcelona – Razzmatazz
3 NOV – Madrid – La Rivera
24 NOV – Berlin – Synasthesie Festival