Jag­ger re­leases tracks for new project

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT - BY MESFIN FEKADU

Mick Jag­ger has re­leased two songs which he says are ur­gent re­sponses to the “con­fu­sion and frus­tra­tion with the times we live in.’’

The Rolling Stones leader re­leased the songs and mu­sic videos Thurs­day. He’s call­ing “Gotta Get a Grip’’ and “Eng­land Lost’’ an au­dio-vis­ual project.

Jag­ger said the songs were a re­sult of the “anx­i­ety (and) un­knowa­bil­ity of the chang­ing po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion.’’ In a quote via email, the 74-year-old says of the world’s cur­rent po­lit­i­cal cli­mate: “We ob­vi­ously have a lot of prob­lems. So am I po­lit­i­cally op­ti­mistic? No.’’

Jag­ger said he started writ­ing the songs in April and that he wanted to re­lease them im­me­di­ately. “Do­ing a whole al­bum of­ten takes a long time even af­ter fin­ish­ing it with all the record com­pany prepa­ra­tions and global re­lease set up. It’s al­ways re­fresh­ing to get cre­ative in a dif­fer­ent fash­ion and I feel a slight throw­back to a time when you could be a bit more free and easy by record­ing on the hoof and putting it out there im­me­di­ately,’’ he said. “I didn’t want to wait un­til next year when these two tracks might lose any im­pact and mean noth­ing.’’

Bri­tish rap­per Skepta is fea­tured on “Eng­land Lost.’’ Jag­ger said when he was writ­ing it, he knew he wanted a rap act on the track.

“It’s about a feel­ing that we are in a dif­fi­cult mo­ment in our his­tory. It’s about the un­knowa­bil­ity about where you are and the feel­ing of in­se­cu­rity,’’ he said of the song. “That’s how I was feel­ing when I was writ­ing.’’

Of “Gotta Get a Grip,’’ Jag­ger said: “The mes­sage I sup­pose is — de­spite all those things that are hap­pen­ing, you gotta get on with your own life, be your­self and at­tempt to cre­ate your own destiny.’’

The Rolling Stones’ most re­cent al­bum was the blues ef­fort, “Blue & Lone­some,’’ re­leased in De­cem­ber. The band is also work­ing on an al­bum of new ma­te­rial.

Jag­ger also com­mented on the most re­cent artists he’s been lis­ten­ing to, which in­cludes Skepta, Mozart, Howlin’ Wolf, Tame Im­pala, “ob­scure Prince tracks and clas­sic soul stuff from The Valen­tine Broth­ers.’’

“I re­ally like Ken­drick La­mar — he’s also talk­ing about dis­con­tent and he re­ally nailed it,’’ Jag­ger added.

AP PHOTO

In this 2016 file photo, Mick Jag­ger of the Rolling Stones poses in New York. Jag­ger re­leased the songs and mu­sic videos Thurs­day for tunes ti­tled “Gotta Get a Grip” and”Eng­land Lost.”

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