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future studio album

  • Recording has finished for the currently untitled next studio album. However, never a band to rest on their laurels, Simple Minds are already considering the next one.

  • "I was reminded to go check the Jasmine planted last October. Situated under an old olive tree that stands just outside my door, I was startled at how it has grown. In keeping with the theme, I guess. That reminded me that I needed to check out an original song demo written and made six years ago with the working title Jasmine Revolution. Coincidence, or what? Jez Coad (producer of both Simple Minds albums Black And White 050505 and the follow up Graffiti Soul) had co-written that almost forgotten song with me, just about around the time I was thinking of a follow up to my Lostboy! AKA solo thing. However, that and quite a few other Jez tunes had been put on the "back burner" as Simple Minds touring schedule took priority and well, time just marches on relentlessly in the way it does. It is only one of very many ideas that I almost had forgotten about entirely. I suspect Jez had also. Both probably always meaning to get round to reappraising at some point in the future."

  • "But Simon Hayward, (another Lostboy! AKA cohort) had for some reason recently recommended that I should get Jez to dig it out for me, and that I should now give it a good listen with "fresh ears". And so I did just that, last night. And my impression going back and listening after so much time? Loved it!"

  • "But within a heartbeat, I now could also hear what was wrong with it as is, and how it could be much improved particularly in the vocal melody. At this point I have to say how much of a talent Jez Coad is. Many hardcore Minds fans who appreciate Stay Visible, A Life Shot In Black And White and Blood Type O will already know that. All of them being Jez's tunes. Additionally, Simple Minds will always owe so much to Jez for nurturing us through a tricky period in our history, one that nevertheless laid strong foundations. In turn leading to the current positive momentum. All thanks to Jez. And there you have it. Mere days after completing recording on our latest album - the 17th. I am already excited about getting round to revisiting Jasmine Revolution and what might well turn out to be the first song of our 18th release. But let's not get too ahead ourselves. Right? - Jim, 28th March 2017.

    "Didn't really mean to interrupt Cherisse Osei, especially when both her and Charlie Burchill are working extremely hard throughout these days in the studio. Thankfully Cherisse does not seem to mind too much!" - Jim, 23rd June 2017.









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