As his eagerly awaited debut solo album inches ever closer – CAESAR SPENCER – is pleased to reveal a new single from the record: “Get Out Into The Pigs”.
Wistful and ruminative, this latest excerpt from upcoming album ‘Get Out Into Yourself’ (out 28th April, via New Radio Records) finds Caesar reflecting on adolescent trauma and the inherent yearnings for escape that come hand-in-hand with coming of age. As Caesar explains of “Get Out Into The Pigs”:
“Get Out Into Yourself is a concept album that follows a journey. That journey begins with the angst of confused adolescence in the shape of Get Out Into The Pigs and ends with understanding and serenity in the shape of the 2 closing tracks, Get Out Into Yourself and Knew That One Day. But the initial journey is all about feeling trapped and confused and wishing you could exorcise the demons that you think are holding you back. Do magical words or incantations exist that can liberate you? Well, people throughout the ages have clearly believed that to be the case and have used words like “Ochnotinos” and “Shabriri” to put their world to rights. I think that’s fascinating and I am sure the sheer belief they had when using those words must have given them a magical potency”.
Taking inspiration from the cosmic, contemporary chamber pop of French artist Alain Baschung (La Nuit Je Mens), Caesar’s evocative lyricism and impassioned vocal are backed with sweeping orchestral arrangements as-played by Macedonia’s FAME Symphony Orchestra.
This new single “Get Out Into The Pigs” is the latest in a string of stand-out singles from the Anglo-French artist, following recent cuts including “Waiting For Sorrow”, “Isn’t That What Jimi Said”, and the sensational Serge Gainsbourg-inspired duet “When I Whisper In Your Ear” (feat Mareva Galenter and French soprano Aurélie Ligerot). These tracks will all appear on Caesar Spencer’s much-anticipated debut solo album: ‘Get Out Into Yourself’, a transportive new record that seeks to shine a light on French musical artistry, while infusing classic elements of English pop.
As an Englishman born in Peru, with Swedish roots, who now finds himself in France; the debut from Caesar Spencer continues in a long line of songwriters, from Scott Walker to Lee Hazlewood, Morrissey to Peter Doherty, who have long looked beyond their patch for a deeper sense of connection. Broadly echoing his own journey to date, Caesar’s debut ‘Get Out Into Yourself’, is a concept-album-of-sorts; inspired by those with nomadic origins and their search for identity. With a loose narrative that follows a protagonist journeying through different cultural landscapes, it unspools a tale laced with existential questions and the quest to find yourself in an ever-shifting world.
Whilst it’s a record that often switches from vintage British pop to gnarly West Coast surf-rock with a dextrous flick, above all else ‘Get Out Into Yourself’ is an homage to the musical heritage of his newfound home in France.
“It’s simply a love letter to France. I wanted to give something back to a country that has given me so much. And I really wanted to shine a light on this incredibly sophisticated French musical artistry.” says Caesar.
Recorded at the Studio La Fugitive (where acclaimed French band Les Rita Mitsouko recorded) with esteemed producer Gaétan Boudy (Zaz, Alex Renart, Emel Mathlouthi) and his formidable backing band of Fred Lafage (Tony Allen, Paris Dernière) and Frantxoa Erreçarret (Askehoug, Barcella); the album also sees Caesar joined by a host of prominent special guest appearances. Alongside Jean Felzine (Mustang) and Jo Wedin (who both appear on “Isn’t That What Jimi Said”); a collaboration with 60’s ye-ye chanteuse Jacqueline Taïeb can be heard on previous single “Waiting for Sorrow”). Elsewhere, French punk icon Gilles Tandy (Les Olivensteins), the multi-talented Mareva Galanter, opera star Aurélie Ligerot and FAME’S PROJECT (Jarvis Cocker, Chilly Gonzales) all lend their talents to the album.
Deftly bridging the channel between British and French pop, ‘Get Out Into Yourself’ is a record with a timelessness of sound that dares to dream beyond typical boundaries in its quest for true identity. Available everywhere on 28th April, physical editions of the album will also be accompanied by a limited edition elegant conceptual storyboard illustrated by French artist Thierry Beaudenon.
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‘GET OUT INTO YOURSELF’ – TRACKLISTING
i. hail caesar (feat. gilles tandy & jean felzine)
ii. get out into the pigs
iii. isn’t that what jimi said (feat. jean felzine & jo wedin)
iv. when i whisper in your ear (feat. mareva galanter)
v. jane loves the highway (feat. gilles tandy)
vii. cult of personality
viii. broken by the song
ix. waiting for sorrow (feat. jacqueline taïeb)
x. get out into yourself
xi. knew that one day (feat. jean felzine & jo wedin)
CAESAR SPENCER – WILL RELEASE NEW ALBUM: ‘GET OUT INTO YOURSELF’