SPIRITUALIZED share video for new single 'Crazy' from new LP 'Everything Was Beautiful'

SPIRITUALIZED share video for new single 'Crazy' from new LP 'Everything Was Beautiful' 1
Photo Credit: Sarah Piantadosi

With their new LP Everything Was Beautiful due out February 25th via Fat Possum, and having previously shared album opener 'Always Together With You', today Spiritualized share a video for new single “Crazy”, a sweet country-soul lament which features backing vocals from Nikki Lane. The stunning video, directed by J Spaceman and partly inspired by Andy Warhol’s Kiss, can be viewed BELOW:

While some 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.

Watch the video for 'Crazy' - BELOW:

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.”

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 pillbox 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 Spring 2022 tour dates:

March 2, 2022– Utrecht – TivoliVredenberg Grote Zaaltickets
March 3, 2022 – Copenhagen - DR Studie 2tickets
March 4, 2022 – Oslo – Parkteatrettickets
March 5, 2022 – Gothenburg – Pusterviktickets
March 7, 2022 – Berlin – Passionskirche
March 8, 2022 – Hamburg – Laeiszhalle
March 9, 2022 – Cologne – Gloria
March 10, 2022– Paris - La Gaîté Lyriquetickets
March 11, 2022 – Brussels - Ancienne Belgiquetickets
March 31, 2022– Dallas - Granada Theatertickets
April 1, 2022 – Austin - Scoot Inntickets
April 3, 2022 – Santa Fe – Meow Wolftickets
April 4, 2022 – Denver – Ogden Theatretickets
April 5, 2022 – Salt Lake City – The Commonwealth Roomtickets
April 7, 2022 - Seattle – Neptunetickets
April 8, 2022 – Portland – Revolution Halltickets
April 9, 2022 – Vancouver – Commodore Ballroomtickets
April 11, 2022 – San Francisco – The Fillmoretickets
April 12, 2022 – San Francisco – The Fillmoretickets
April 14, 2022 – Solana Beach – Belly Up Taverntickets
April 28, 2022 – Bath – The Forum
April 29, 2022 – Cambridge – Corn Exchange
April 30, 2022 – Brighton – Dome
May 2, 2022 – Birmingham – Symphony Hall
May 4, 2022– Gateshead – Sagetickets
May 5, 2022 – Glasgow – SWG3 Galvanizerstickets
May 7, 2022 – Dublin – Olympia Theatretickets
May 8, 2022 – Manchester – Bridgewater Halltickets
May 9, 2022 – Nottingham – Royal Concert Hall
May, 10, 2022 – London – Roundhouse

Everything Was Beautifulartwork and tracklist:

Everything Was Beautiful artwork and tracklist:

1. Always Together With You
2. Best Thing You Never Had (The D Song)
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 Again

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

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