Spencer wrote:I suppose we can hope that although it maybe the last Spiritualized record it wont be the last that Jason is involved in; free jazz and improv offshoots maybe (?)
I suspect that's very likely if this actually is the last ever Spiritualized album or recording project. Jason's broad scope of musical ambition for all his Spiritualized material has set the quality bar very high. As we know that comes at a cost, and everything I've ever read about his processes for recording Spiritualized albums, shows how dedicated he has been to properly realising his musical vision and making his records sound as good as possible.
I tend to agree with the suggestion made a few posts up, that just because Jason is saying right now that this will be the last Spiritualized album - the amount of energy needed to bring a project near to conclusion, and it sounds like this album has been particularly taxing with the changes in production personnel and other issues we've heard about, Jason may just feel like he's in no rush to start such a process all over again, as the intense amount of hard work involved in bringing your creative A-game to a satisfactory conclusion must become quite tiring!
If it really is the last album, I agree that doesn't preclude Jason exploring other interesting musical avenues - such as his free jazz and other side projects. That last collaboration with Primal Scream was absolutely top notch stuff! What made them choose such a commercial and uninspiring pop-house lightweight original track, I would love to know? But the RSD cover version sounded fantastic.
One thing I would want to see to tie up all his good Spiritualized work, is a final live album. Another Royal Albert Hall event with small orchestra and choir would make for a perfect canvas to document the amazing live work we've heard since 1998. Though if Tim Lewis is invited to contribute on keyboards - he needs a minder wielding a big finger-wacking stick, to keep his right hand well away from the top few octaves, as the last thing a documented live Spiritualized swansong needs is any more of his Holland-esque plinky-plonky piano hankey-panky
I suspect it's too late now to reasonably expect anything official to be released from the original Acoustic Mainlines project, though I'm surprised no ambitious record label was keen enough to give it a try. Modern digital consoles and stageboxes allow a far cheaper route to sourcing high quality live multi-track recordings, compared with old school recording trucks and transformer-isolated splits from huge copper snakes.
I would love to hear another Acoustic Mainlines gig, in fact like last time I'd want to hear as many of them as possible. Maybe once all the touring and promotion for the forthcoming Spiritualized album is over, Jason could tour Acoustic Mainlines 2.0, which surely would be as big a draw second time round ... if Jason can fill another two nights at the Barbican for the nostalgia market, doesn't it shows how much interest there still is out there for various live concoctions Spaceman music?
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