An Evening With Spiritualized
This is a past event. Monday, April 1 at 8:30pm
McMenamins Crystal Ballroom 1332 W. Burnside St., Portland, OR 97209
The sleeve tells you so much about the process. It's a picture of a lone figure. Suited up and immersed in interplanetary protective gear, he walks out across unmapped terrain. In the distance, a mountain range towers over the roughly gridded sand he's striding. This is very much a solo mission - giant steps into the unknown. Inside the helmet, there's all the uncertainty and madness that such a pursuit brings.
That sleeve (designed, as ever, with Mark Farrow), comes wrapped around And Nothing Hurt - Spiritualized's eighth album, the follow up to 2012's Sweet Heart, Sweet Light. From the opening lullaby of "A Perfect Miracle" through to the fading Morse Code at the close of "Sail on Through," it painstakingly wraps layer upon layer of gloriously transcendent sound together to create a mesmerizing and cinematic collection of songs.