NEW ALBUM : SIMPLE MINDS announce new album ‘DIRECTION OF THE HEART’, unveil first single ‘VISION THING’ + band confirmed to headline huge BBC Radio 2 ‘Live In Leeds’ concert

PHOTO CREDIT DEAN CHALKLEY

SIMPLE MINDS

ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE OF THEIR NEW ALBUM

‘DIRECTION OF THE HEART’

 OUT 21 OCTOBER 2022

FEATURING A GUEST APPEARANCE FROM RUSSELL MAEL OF SPARKS

 This morning BBC Radio 2 announced that Simple Minds will be headlining the first night of Radio 2’s 30,000-capacity Live In Leeds concert on Saturday 17th September. Following this news, BMG release ‘Vision Thing’, the first track to be taken from the band’s nineteenth studio album Direction Of The Heart.

 Currently playing acclaimed shows throughout Europe (“Back in fashion and back on thrilling form” – The Times), Direction Of The Heart is Simple Minds’ first album of new material since 2018’s outstanding UK Top 5 album Walk Between Worlds. Throughout its nine tracks Direction of The Heart finds the band at their most confident, anthemic best on an inspired celebration of life, none more so than on lead track ‘Vision Thing’.

‘Vision Thing’ is a euphoric song – all pounding drums, synth washes and the unmistakable guitar-playing of Simple Minds’ lifelong six-string wonder, Charlie Burchill. With music written by Burchill and lyrics by frontman Jim Kerr the song is a tribute to Kerr’s “best pal”, his late father who passed away in 2019.

Direction Of The Heart’s opening track, ‘Vision Thing’ sets the pace for a concise nine-track album. One which manages to perfectly encapsulate the essence of past and present Simple Minds, a band whose reascent over the past 10 years has seen them, once again, capture the magic and critical praise of their early days.

Most of Direction Of The Heart’s tracks were created and demoed in Sicily, where both Kerr and Burchill live. Unable to come to the UK because of quarantine rules, the album was recorded at Hamburg’s Chameleon Studios. Here they produced the album (later enlisting Andy Wright ((Massive Attack, Echo & The Bunnymen)) and Gavin Goldberg ((Simply Red, KT Tunstall)) for additional production). Band members, bassist Ged Grimes (who co-wrote two of the new songs, ‘First You Jump’ and ‘Solstice Kiss’), drummer Cherisse Osei and vocalist Sarah Brown joined them on some of the tracks, recording their parts separately in London. Album guests, Sparks’ frontman Russell Mael (‘Human Traffic’) and songwriter and former Grimes music partner from Danny Wilson, Gary Clark (‘Vision Thing’, ‘First You Jump’ and ‘Natural’), recorded their respective parts in home studios.

All of this disparate work is belied by an album which sounds like a cohesive record – one of the most exciting and invigorating of Simple Minds career to date. 

Jim Kerr on Direction Of The Heart: “How to make a feel-good ‘electro-rock’ record, during the very worst of times? Direction Of The Heart is the result of that challenge. Who would have thought we’d have so much fun creating it?”

Direction Of The Heart – album tracklisting:

Vision Thing

First You Jump

Human Traffic (featuring Russell Mael of Sparks)

Who Killed Truth?

Solstice Kiss

Act Of Love

Natural

Planet Zero

The Walls Came Down (written & originally recorded by The Call)

Bonus tracks on album deluxe editions:

Direction Of The Heart (Taormina 2022)

Wondertimes

Direction Of The Heart will be released on 21 October 2022, available on CD, Deluxe CD with two extra tracks and a hardback book, vinyl (including coloured vinyl), and cassette formats.

Following their recently successful rescheduled 2020 tour, Simple Minds will also be playing special UK shows throughout the summer:

18 June               Oxfordshire – Blenheim Palace

9 August             Belfast – Custom House Square

11 August           Essex – Audley End House

12 August           Edinburgh Princes Street Gardens (Summer Sessions)

13 August           Edinburgh Princes Street Gardens (New Gold Dream album performance for UNICEF)

17 September   Leeds Temple Newsam Park (BBC Radio 2 Live In Leeds)

Simple Minds are Jim Kerr (vocals), Charlie Burchill (guitars, keyboards), Gordy Goudie (acoustic guitar), Ged Grimes (bass), Cherisse Osei (drums), Berenice Scott (keyboards) and Sarah Brown (vocals).