“Plus I was broke. That was my main motivation.”
Earlier this year, Spiritualized shared ‘Always Forgetting With You (The Bridge Song)’, a song for Lefse Records’ forthcoming Space Project compilation. With Space Project due out on Record Store Day, Jason Pierce has opened up about the project and his purely-financial reasons for making the song.
“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 tells NME. “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.”
Pierce doesn’t think much of the concept album, which supposedly is augmented with sounds from the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 space probes. “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.”
While his last manager left him “flat broke,” the song may be a blessing in disguise. “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.”