SPIRITUALIZED (ELECTRIC MAINLINE) – ” Pure Phase “

Posted: April 29, 2021 in MUSIC
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Pure Phase

UK space rockers Spiritualized have released a video for their 1995 Top 30 single “Let It Flow” as they announce the release date for the new vinyl deluxe reissue of that year’s “Pure Phase” album for June 11th through Fat Possum Records.

The album is the second in this series of 180g double albums mastered by Alchemy Mastering, presented in a gatefold jacket with reworked green artwork by Mark Farrow and available in both a standard black vinyl pressing and limited edition glow-in-the-dark vinyl exclusive to D2C/indie retail. 

Briefly renamed Spiritualized Electric Mainline, “Pure Phase” expanded on the amount of personnel involved in making a Spiritualized record, with Sean Cook joining on bass and the Balanescu Quartet adding string arrangements. The record sounds like no other as there are two mixes running together concurrently. 

You can’t really compare this record to any other because of how we mixed it; in such an “incorrect” way,” comments mainman Jason Pierce. “We mixed the tracks twice but I couldn’t decide which one I liked better so we said “let’s have them both”. Both of them were on tape so we spent hours cutting them into usable sections. If you run two things together in parallel you get this kind of Hawkwind effect (phase), which gets deeper as they drift away from being ‘locked’, so we had to keep re-locking on a bass drum every eight or ten bars and it took forever.

“If you listen to the isolated parts, everything is incredibly simple, the horns, the slide, all these little motifs and they lock together like some strange kind of machine. Something like Kraftwerk was the nearest thing in my musical vocabulary at the time. Great rock and roll music is like systems, it has its own endless cycle. Pure Phase was Michael Nyman, Steve Reich and John Adams, rock ‘n’ roll and gospel music, and it sounds like driving as fast as you can in torrential rain.

“I wish I could do it now, to mix things twice and throw it together and end up with this magic world. It was a thing that was out of our control and it just sounded better than we could have imagined so we chased it.”

The Spaceman Reissue Program edition of Pure Phase promises to give those recordings the fullest spectrum audio and physical treatment they’ve deserved since 1992. It will be the second in this series, following Lazer Guided Melodies, with 180g double albums with lacquer cut from original sources by Alchemy Mastering, presented in a gatefold jacket adorned by reworked art by Mark Farrow, and available in both a standard black vinyl pressing and limited edition glow-in-the-dark vinyl,

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