Simple Minds today release MAGIC, the first single to be taken from their new album WALK BETWEEN WORLDS, out 2nd February on BMG. MAGIC finds Simple Minds at their most instant and anthemic best. It’s a song about faith, especially the faith the band possessed in their own abilities during their formative years. Driven by propulsive drums, and chiming guitars from the band’s six-string hero Charlie Burchill, MAGIC is sure to become another classic in Simple Minds’ revered and hugely influential catalogue.
The accompanying 3D animation video is an outstanding piece of art directed by Argentinian Esteban Diacono. Filmed by using motion capture to record several stages of a dancer interpreting the song in various ways, it features two main scenarios and a masked, model character, who then transforms into smoke and water. Combining clever techniques and mesmerising visuals, it’s a video in keeping with the band’s quest to push their artistry into new areas.
MAGIC will be followed on 12th January by the release of THE SIGNAL AND THE NOISE, which will premiere tonight on Steve Lamacq’s BBC 6 Music show. THE SIGNAL AND THE NOISE revisits the glassy guitars and new wave grooves of the post-punk era, a period when a prolific Simple Minds came to cult prominence through their truly groundbreaking albums. Alongside MAGIC it perfectly encapsulates the duality that has kept them culturally significant and artistically relevant for almost 40 years.
Check out the video for ‘Magic’ BELOW:
Both songs feature on Simple Minds’ WALK BETWEEN WORLDS album, out 2nd February. It was produced by Simple Minds with Andy Wright and Gavin Goldberg, both of whom worked on Big Music. It is an album of two distinct sides, very much the old-school album format that singer Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill grew up with as music fans. In addition to classic Simple Minds’ anthems and revisiting their new wave roots, the album also explores more cinematic sounds, with the title track and Barrowland Star both featuring dramatic orchestrations recorded at Abbey Road.
In support of the album, Simple Minds will take to the road in February 2018 to premiere WALK BETWEEN WORLDS in three shows, which will be in three parts: a performance of the album, a live on-stage interview and a classic Simple Minds’ set, which will include the band further re-imagining and exploring songs from their extensive catalogue. For fans it will be a very special, one-of-a-kind experience.
In August and September the band will be performing on the GRANDSLAM 2018 tour, playing 13 of the shows with The Pretenders. It will be the first time they’ve played on the same stage since Live Aid – a unique opportunity to see both bands in one night. KT Tunstall will also join them as a very special guest.
WALK BETWEEN WORLDS FEBRUARY SHOWS:
TUESDAY 13TH FEBRUARY GLASGOW BARROWLAND
WEDNESDAY 14TH FEBRUARY MANCHESTER ALBERT HALL
THURSDAY 15TH FEBRUARY LONDON ROUNDHOUSE
GRANDSLAM 2018 TOUR:
SATURDAY 4TH KENT EVENT CENTRE, MAIDSTONE
SUNDAY 5TH CYFATHFA PARK, MERTHR TYDFIL
FRIDAY 10TH AJ BELL STADIUM, SALFORD
SATURDAY 11TH MILLENIUM SQUARE, LEEDS *SIMPLE MINDS & KT TUNSTALL ONLY
SATURDAY 18TH BUTTS PARK ARENA, COVENTRY
SUNDAY 19TH EMIRATES RIVERSIDE, DURHAM
SATURDAY 25TH RIVERSIDE PARK, NEWARK
SUNDAY 26TH COLCHESTER CASTLE PARK, COLCHESTER
MONDAY 27TH TRENT COUNTRY PARK, ENFIELD
FRIDAY 31ST LYDIARD PARK, SWINDON
SATURDAY 1ST SOUTH OF ENGLAND EVENT CENTRE, ARDINGLY
SUNDAY 2ND TAUNTON RACECOURSE, TAUNTON
SATURDAY 8TH NORTHERN MEETING PARK, INVERNESS
SUNDAY 9TH SLESSOR GARDENS, DUNDEE