London-based experimental group Spiritualized has signed to Fat Possum to release its seventh full-length album in fall 2011. This album will be the group’s first in three years, following up 2008’s Songs In A And E.
The brainchild of frontman Jason Pierce (better known as Jason Spaceman), Spiritualized was formed after Pierce’s former group, Spaceman 3, split in the early 1990s. Pierce has been the only constant in the band’s lineup since then, using a number of musicians and guest artists to fill the spaces on the projects’ releases including the London Community Gospel Choir, the Balanescu Quartet and New Orleans pianist Dr. John. The group performed at Royal Albert Hall in 1997, prompting the full-length release of the live set in 1998, and has been invited back to perform again on October 11 of this year.
Spiritualized performed its 1997 release Ladies And Gentlemen…We Are Floating In Space last July at Radio City Music Hall, its last performance before this year’s return to Royal Albert Hall, which was streamed online for those that couldn’t attend, receiving critical acclaim for its epic presentation including an orchestra and full choir.