Since Spiritualized announced their new release Sweet Heart Sweet Light, the album cycle has already produced a great single as well as that song’s memorable, AG Rojas-directed music video. Last week, our T. Cole Rachel spoke with Spirtualized figurehead Jason Pierce about the recording process:
STEREOGUM: How was the experience of making Sweet Heart Sweet Light? I heard you were still working on it as of a few days ago.
JP: As difficult as they all are. I thought I was going to lower the bar a little bit. I wanted to make a pop album. So, I had this idea that that would make it easier. I always wanted to make a record that would be somehow unlike all the outward-reaching albums that aim for the stars, made by musicians that trying to desperately overreach themselves. There are an awful lot of records that I own and play that I like — pop records that aren’t made by younger people. They haven’t got the confidence and arrogance and stupidity of youth – and the kind of singular vision that you get when you are younger. They are made by people that, whether they want to or not, they’ve soaked up a bit of that wisdom. They’ve soaked up some other sounds. You might think of them as the great, but often forgotten, mid-period records by big artists. There is this group of records that probably outnumber the records that people hailed as the classics, or the big moves in rock and roll, and they seem like the very backbone, the spine, of the music I love. I wanted to make one of those kinds of records, one of those things that befitted my age a little bit more. I hate the way that rock and roll continues to try and be young all of the time. All these old people running around the stage like they are still in the prime of their youth. I hate the way people in rock and roll must always pretend to be kids. So, I was thinking of these certain types of records that, you know, aren’t actually rare. You can go into the store and tomorrow and pick them up. They aren’t going to cost you a thousand dollars in a record shop. Like I said, I thought that’d lower the bar for me to make a record like that, because these are records that were essentially lost … and how good would it be to make a lost album?