Sweet Heart Sweet Light is due out on Fat Possum Records April 16th, and in this instance “Huh?” may be the perfect album art. Like most Spiritualized fans, I can imagine Jason Pierce’s cold stare piercing the Internet and the legions of bedroom-pop acts that have seemingly ignored their parents record collections and art-rock standards. And while they may have dominated the online music conversation online of late, Pierce obviously doesn’t give a shit. This is a man who studied the Velvet Underground like he was applying for a Physics grant at MIT. He then added drug-fueled tremolos, bitter soul and repetitive guitars that tunnel into your brain. And as if on cue, once you get past the waves of drone, there’s that Pierce-patented and familiar deep sense of sadness staring you in the face.

Has Spiritualized ever made a bad record? Nah, and “Hey Jane” is proof. From the otherworldly Lazer Guided Melodies to the raw and gentler Songs in A&E, Pierce sticks to a formula that’s recognizable but never tires. We expect as much and celebrate his legacy, because deep down we know a every Spiritualized album is a gift. The gospel choir is present, of course, along with sticky, chugging chords and Pierce’s weepy vocals. I wouldn’t have it any other way. words/ s mcdonald

Previously: Spiritualized :: Lazer Guided Melodies / Revisited

5 Responses to “Spiritualized :: Hey Jane”

  1. Sorry to be that guy, the new spiritualized album is coming out of Fat Possum Records

  2. @Matthew, thanks for the catch.

  3. really looking forward to this record. even with the album art.

  4. Wow, really loving this. Thanks for sharing it!

  5. “Jack is in his corset, and Jane is her vest,
    And me I’m in a rock’n’roll band Hah!” – great to hear the “up’n’comers” wearing the Velvets on their sleeves without apologies!

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