Spiritualized – “The Mainline Song”

Spiritualized – “The Mainline Song”

The new Spiritualized album Everything Was Beautiful was supposed to come out last month, but that didn’t happen. Instead, Everything Was Beautiful will come out in April, which feels somehow appropriate. A new Spiritualized record is always welcome, but a new Spiritualized record coming out when the weather is nice and we can give these songs deep headphones listens while we feel sunlight on our faces? That’s the good shit.

Jason Pierce wrote Everything Was Beautiful by himself in isolation, which seems like a natural state for him, pandemic or no. As usual with Spiritualized, the album features a ton of musicians, but Pierce plays 16 instruments on the record himself. Our boy J Spaceman has already dropped the early tracks “Always Together With You” and “Crazy,” and both are stunners. Today, he’s shared another spiraling hymn called “The Mainline Song.”

Considering the whole history of Spiritualized, maybe it’s a surprise that “The Mainline Song” seems to be about trains, rather than heroin. (It could be about trains and heroin, or trains as a metaphor for heroin, but I don’t think it is.) Over orchestral swells and rising guitar squalls, Pierce asks if we want to go to the city tonight. The song sprawls over six minutes, and it surfs a glorious tidal wave of contentment. Great song. Listen below.

03/31 – Dallas, TX, @ Granada Theater
04/01 – Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn
04/03 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
04/04 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
04/05 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Commonwealth Room
04/07 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune
04/08 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
04/09 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
04/11 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
04/12 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
04/14 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
04/17 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
04/18 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
04/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theatre
04/21 – Big Sur, CA @ Henry Miller Memorial Library
04/22 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
09/08 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
09/09 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
09/10 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
09/11 – Pelham, TN @ The Caverns
09/13 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
09/14 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line
09/16 – Detroit, MI @ Saint Andrew’s Hall
09/18 – Toronto, ON @ The Danforth Music Hall
09/19 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
09/20 – Boston, MA @ Royale
09/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
09/23 – Jersey City, NJ @ White Eagle Music Hall
09/24 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre

Everything Was Beautiful is out 4/22 on Fat Possum.

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