Bella Union – September 7th

It’s been seven years since 2012’s Sweet Heart Sweet Light, and the world might be a horribly different place but, thankfully, J. Spaceman is still making stunning classical/gospel/blues/space-rock. Clearly he’s in a happier place on And Nothing Hurt than he was round the time of his seminal masterpiece, 1997’s Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space. There’s a sense of childlike wonder that envelopes this record; opener ‘A Perfect Miracle’ shimmers like the sweetest lullaby juxtaposed with a slightly bitter chorus. ‘Let’s Dance’ is a gentle number, and ‘The Prize’ builds and builds to a magnificent crescendo. If it transpires that this record is actually the swansong that Pierce has intimated (please no), then it’s quite the bow-out.

Photo by Juliette Larthe.

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