Spiritualized's Jason Pierce on Record Store Day space song: 'I did it because I was broke'

'There's so much crap about how they did it' he says of the 'Space Project' compilation album

Spiritualized's Jason Pierce on Record Store Day space song: 'I did it because I was broke'

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Spiritualized's Jason Pierce has said he only got involved in a space-themed Record Store Day project because he was "broke".

Earlier this year, the band revealed a new track called 'Always Together With You (The Bridge Song)', which features on the 'Space Project' compilation album, for which artists were invited to use sounds recorded during the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 space probes on the album. Listen to the track below.

Speaking in this week's NME, which is available on newsstands from tomorrow (April 2) and digitally, the Spiritualized frontman reveals he wasn't wholly keen on the project.

"It was set up by [my label] Fat Possum, who I'm signed to, so there was no thought in getting me involved, really," he said. "Plus I was broke. That was my main motivation. They said they've give me $1,500 to do a drone, which I can do in my sleep. And they got lucky, because I didn't go in to write a tune, but I came out with that song, so it kind of worked out."

Talking about the concept behind the album, he added: "They said they'd made recordings of the planets, but you can't record in a vacuum. There's so much crap about how they did it. I've got the time but I didn't have the will to read it all. But basically, somebody's taken another form, like an infra-red or an electromagnetic wave – something you can record – and made that into a sound."

Pierce then goes on to talk about the relationship with his manager, adding that even though he did the track for financial reasons, it has made him start thinking about a new Spiritualized record.

He said: "I'm flat broke right now. My last manager pissed about to the point where I didn't know how much my debts were, so when I got rid of him I was completely fucked. I was promised $1,500 to write a drone, and that's what I went in to do. I didn't have a demo, I didn't have an idea, but two days later I came out with that tune, and I'm proud of it. It's a real start towards making a new album."

The 'Space Project' album, which will be released on April 19, sees Spiritualized appear under the name The Spiritualized Mississippi Space Program alongside Beach House, Youth Lagoon, Mutual Benefit, The Antlers, Blues Control, Benoit & Sergio, Porcelain Raft and others.



The 'Space Project' tracklisting is:

Jupiter
A: Porcelain Raft, 'Giove'
B: The Antlers, 'Jupiter'

Miranda:
A: Mutual Benefit, 'Terraform'
B: Anna Meredith, 'Miranda'

Neptune:
A: The Spiritualized Mississippi Space Program, 'Always Together With You (The Bridge Song)'
B: The Holydrug Couple, 'Amphitrites Lost'

Uranus:
A: Youth Lagoon, 'Worms'
B: Blues Control, 'Blues Danube'

Saturn:
A: Beach House, 'Saturn Song'
B: Zomes, 'Moonlet'

Earth:
A: Absolutely Free, 'EARTH I'
B: Jesu, 'Song of Earth'

Io:
A: Benoit & Sergio, 'Long Neglected Words'
B: Larry Gus, 'Sphere of Io (For Georg Cantor)'

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