As the band prepare to release new album 'Let It Come Down' after four years away, frontman Jason Pierce explains what he's been up to...

SPIRITUALIZED founder JASON PIERCE has explained the four-year hiatus between his last album and new record ‘LET IT COME DOWN’ – in an exclusive interview with NME.

Spiritualized are preparing to release ‘Let It Come Down’ on September 10.

The album is his first new material since the 1997 NME Album Of The Year ‘Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space’.

Now, in a rare interview published in full in this week’s NME, Pierce explained that he wanted to redefine his band.

He commented: “The idea was to remove all the stuff that I thought made Spiritualized Spiritualized…I wanted to see if the songs would stand alone.”

As a result, each song on the new album was sung on a Dictaphone before being translated to piano, and then transposed again to complex orchestra arrangements.

He continued: “That probably took the most time, because I don’t play piano. I had to hit every note until I found the one I was looking for. And then I did the same with the string parts.”

For the full interview, see this week’s NME, out nationwide tomorrow (July 18) and in London now.