In the late 1980s, after a split with his Spacemen 3 partner, Peter Kember, Jason Pierce set out to make a new kind of music, less guitar-driven, more orchestral, founded on hauntingly simple melodies, but blown out with lush arrangements, blistering noise and free-wheeling instrumental improvisation.
This year, Fat Possum has begun reissuing the first four Spiritualized albums on vinyl. We talked to Pierce about his extraordinary 1990s run, his creative process, his influences and the way that music, when done well, can transport you into different times and different places.
With Spiritualized’s Lazer Guided Melodies, recently reissued by Fat Possum, Jason Pierce imbued the songs with an overwhelming sense of freedom and relief. It not only pointed a way forward, it laid out a path Pierce has followed ever since.
J Spaceman brought the Spiritualized majik show to LA last month in support of his latest joint, Sweet Heart Sweet Light . As expected, the room was sonically awash in trademark gospel/space haze, with a […]
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 […]
Lazer Guided Melodies , the gorgeous debut album from space-rock pioneers Spiritualized , gets a well-deserved reissue. As unflashy and traditional as the packaging looks it still reminds me of the floating ghosts […]
I’ll give this to Jason Pierce – if he wanted to record an album that sounds like something recorded by someone coming off of a near death experience, he nailed it and […]