SPIRITUALIZED share new single ‘The Mainline Song’ from ‘Everything Was Beautiful’ LP out 22nd April

SPIRITUALIZED share new single 'The Mainline Song' from 'Everything Was Beautiful' LP out 22nd April 1
Credit: Sarah Piantadosi

With their new LP Everything Was Beautiful due out 22 April via Bella Union, and Spiritualized today share the video for a propulsive new single, “The Mainline Song,” which was partly inspired by the protests happening in the US towards the end of the first Lockdown in 2020. The equally dynamic video, directed by J Spaceman, can be viewed BELOW:

While c people imploded in the lockdowns and isolation of the epidemic, others were thriving. “I felt like I’d been in training for this my whole life” says J Spaceman. He was referring to his fondness for isolation and when you reframe loneliness as “beautiful solitude” then it isn’t so bad. He would walk through an empty “Roman London” where “even the sirens had stopped singing” and where the world was “full of birdsong and strangeness and no contrails.” He used the birdsong walks to listen and try and make sense of all the music playing in his head. The mixes of his new record, a ninth studio album, weren’t working out yet.

Spaceman plays 16 different instruments on Everything Was Beautiful which was put down at 11 different studios, as well as at his home. He also employed more than 30 musicians and singers including his daughter Poppy, long-time collaborator and friend John Coxon, string and brass sections, choirs and finger bells and chimes from the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. So, there’s a lot going on.

“There was so much information on it that the slightest move would unbalance it, but going around in circles is important to me. Not like you’re spiralling out of control but you’re going around and around and on each revolution, you hold onto the good each time. Sure, you get mistakes as well, but you hold on to some of those too and that’s how you kind of… achieve. Well, you get there.”

Watch “The Mainline Song” BELOW:

Eventually, the mixes got there and Everything Was Beautiful was achieved. The result is some of the most “live” sounding recordings that Spiritualized have released since the Live At The Albert Hall record of 1998, around the time of Ladies & Gentlemen, We Are Floating In Space.

The opening track “Always Together With You” is a reworking / supercharging of a track originally released in demo quality in 2014. This new version is a perfect Spiritualized song; a breathtaking, hard-edged, psychedelic pop tune where themes of high romance and space travel collide.

The artwork is designed once again with Mark Farrow. If you buy the vinyl you can pop a pill box out of the sleeve, revealing gold foil underneath, and assemble the Braille-embossed little thing and put it somewhere in the house. The box set has 8 of them. Literally a boxset. It looks more beautiful in the flesh. “Farrow and I were talking about what we should do and we just said, ‘It’s called Everything Is Beautiful, how could you not have a pill?’”

All these layers, all these details, the year-long mixes, the making sense of it all and the lives lived within these lyrics; for somebody so famously unconfident of his own abilities, isn’t this a punishing thing to keep doing? “Yeah, but I like what I do. There’s a line from Jonathan Meades that’s about having all the attributes to being an artist. ‘Paranoia, vanity, selfishness, egotism, sycophancy, resentment, moral nullity and more idiot than idiot savant.’ “And that’s what it feels like, this kind of thing. You’re your own worst enemy and biggest supporter. “There’s a ‘Of course this is worth it. It’s me’ and then this kind of deep doubt of ‘What the fuck is this all about?’ “And then ‘Why is it important?’ and then knowing there’s no easy answer. But it’s there. I know it’s there.”

Spiritualized’s new album “Everything Was Beautiful” is due for release 22 April 2022 via Bella Union.

Track List

  1. Always Together With You
  2. Best Thing You Never Had
  3. Let It Bleed (For Iggy)
  4. Crazy
  5. The Mainline Song
  6. The A Song (Laid In Your Arms)
  7. I’m Coming Home AgainEverything Was Beautiful

Spiritualized Spring 2022 Live Dates

07 Mar – Berlin, Germany – Passionskirche

08 Mar – Hamburg, German – Laeiszhalle

09 Mar – Köln, Germany – Gloria

10 Mar – Paris, France – La Gaîté Lyrique tickets

11 Mar – Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique tickets

31 Mar – Dallas, TX, Granada Theater tickets

01 Apr – Austin, TX – Scoot Inn tickets

03 Apr – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf tickets

04 Apr – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre tickets

05 Apr – Salt Lake City, UT – The Commonwealth Room tickets

07 Apr – Seattle, WA – Neptune tickets

08 Apr – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall tickets

09 Apr – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom tickets

28 Apr – Bath, UK – The Forum tickets

29 Apr – Cambridge, UK – Corn Exchange tickets

30 Apr – Brighton, UK – Dome tickets

02 May – Birmingham, UK – Symphony Hall tickets

04 May – Gateshead, UK – Sage tickets

05 May – Glasgow, UK – Galvanizers Yard tickets

07 May – Dublin, IE – Olympia Theatre  tickets

08 May – Manchester, UK – Bridgewater House tickets

09 May – Nottingham, UK – Royal Concert Hall tickets

10 May – London, UK – Roundhouse tickets

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Mark Millar is the founder of XS Noize and looks after the daily running of the website as well as hosting interviews for the weekly XS Noize Podcast. Mark's favourite album is Achtung Baby by U2.

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