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Spector Return With New Single The Notion

Tuesday, 15 August 2023 Written by Jon Stickler

Spector have returned with their first new music in 18 months.

Produced by Dimitri Tikovoi and mixed by Catherine Marks, The Notion unfurls across a mesmerising guitar melody which incorporates a solo by Dev Hynes, aka Blood Orange.

It follows the indie band's 2022 album 'Now Or Whenever', though work on the song began during the recording sessions for that record. Vocalist Fred Macpherson said:

"We started The Notion on a spare day we had in Liverpool during the 'Now Or Whenever' sessions. It’s been on a real journey since, with Jed coming up with these early Four Tet style guitar loops, which have a really hypnotic feel I love. Then Dev Hynes came to the studio to hear some stuff and ended up free-styling the solo in one take.

"I was worried he’d blown a speaker at one point. Lyrically it’s kind of a letter to one’s younger self – a reminder that repressing feelings and emotions is a dangerous precedent, and however bad (or good) things get, nothing is forever. It interpolates various parties, arguments, depressions and a Star Wars quote for good measure."

Guitarist Jed Cullen added: "I was slightly disappointed when a writing session we had for another artist’s project got cancelled on our day off. We were in this big studio without a producer so just plugged my little laptop into the huge mixing desk.

"It was a bit lonely up there in this cavernous loft space, which reminded Fred of a party we’d been at years ago, so he started singing about that then came out with this amazing chorus which I think a lot of us can relate to. By the end of the day, I was really thankful that the other session had been cancelled."


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