Spiritualized to Release "Sweet Heart Sweet Light" on April 17
Tue, 28 Feb 2012 10:47:23
For an artist as consistent as Spiritualized's Jason Spaceman, whose seventh studio album Sweet Heart Sweet Light will be released on Fat Possum on April 17, 2012, it's easy to assume that there's a certain effortlessness to the creative process. In fact, the three years since the release of 2008's acclaimed Songs in A&E were some of the roughest imaginable for Jason.
After a near death from double pneumonia in 2005, it was a slow road to recovery, a process he touched upon on with great grace on the last album. His return to full health saw him release Songs in A & E.
Shortly after recording Sweet Heart Sweet Light – in far flung locales such as Los Angeles, Reykavik and Wales - Jason found himself weakened by a degenerative liver disease and was subjected to six months of chemo treatment, a procedure that left him virtually housebound while he mixed the album.
In a classic case of triumph over tribulation, the resulting album is Spiritualized at their most vibrant; full voiced and utterly sublime. In Jason Spaceman's orbit rock and roll is the salve and listeners will hear all of the epic grandioisity and brain worming melodies for which they're renowned, as well as the gorgeous gospel delium that makes hearing a new Spiritualized album an exhilarating and emotional experience.
The first track available from the album is the impressive opener "Hey Jane," an energetic 8+ minutes of rousing organ, glittering guitar fuzz and swirling choirs. Listen to it here.
The album also features a first for Spiritualized: Jason is joined by his 11-year-old daughter Poppy Spaceman on the starkly beautiful closer "So Long You Pretty Thing" for which she also has a writing credit for the opening couplet. Elsewhere on the album is "I Am What I Am" which was co-written by Jason and "Mac" Rebennack, aka Dr John.
05/02/12 Wed - Minneapolis MN @ First Avenue
05/03/12 Thu – Chicago, IL @ Metro
05/04/12 Fri – Detroit, MI @ The Majestic Theatre
05/05/12 Sat – Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix
05/07/12 Mon - New York, NY @ Terminal 5
05/09/12 Wed – Boston, MA @ Paradise
05/10/12 Thu – Washington, DC @ The 9:30 Club
05/11/12 Fri – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of Living Arts
05/12/12 Sat – Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
05/13/12 Sun – Atlanta, GA @ The Variety Playhouse
05/15/12 Tue – Dallas, TX @ The Granada Theatre
05/16/12 Wed – Austin, TX @ Emo's East
05/18/12 Fri - Tucson AZ @ The Rialto Theatre
05/19/12 Sat - Phoenix AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
05/20/12 Sun - San Diego CA @ Belly Up Tavern
05/22/12 Tue - Los Angeles CA @ The Wiltern
05/23/12 Wed - San Francisco CA @ The Fillmore
05/25/12 Fri - Portland OR @ The Wonder Ballroom
05/26/12 Sat - Vancouver BC @ The Rickshaw Theatre
Are you going to succumb to Sweet Heart Sweet Light?