Published Jul 09, 2010Last year, we reported that Spiritualized had begun work on their seventh album, with leader Jason Pierce revealing he was inspired by the reissue of 1997's classic Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space. The band are still in the studio, but Pierce says that the recordings have gone in a more pop-friendly direction.
"I always shy away from anything I write that sounds like a pop song, things like 'Soul On Fire' or 'Stop Your Crying,'" he told NME. "This time, I'm embracing songs like that and seeing what happens. I'm not fighting it any more. I'm in the middle of the album now, so it's kind of weird doing any shows at the moment. I'm so focused on it. I get really single-minded, so I'm basically living on my own in the studio. I've got a rough timeline, it'll be out next year."
This isn't the first time Pierce has spoken about making a pop album. Back in 2008, he told Exclaim!, "When I got to 'Soul On Fire,' I thought it was a pop song, and thought I should have got down some more of that experimental, improvised music. Every time these pop songs come into my head, I think, 'Oh no, I'm gonna make a pop record.'"
Despite the reservations he feels about making a pop-oriented album, we're inclined to think that any news is good news when it comes to more Spiritualized. Look for more announcements to follow in the coming months.