Mick Jag­ger re­leases two tracks in new au­dio­vi­sual project

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E - MESFIN FEKADU

NEW YORK — Mick Jag­ger has re­leased two songs 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 au­dio­vi­sual project.

Jag­ger said the songs were a re­sult of the “anx­i­ety (and) un­knowa­bil­ity of the chang­ing po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion.” In a quote via email, the 74year-old said 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 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.

“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. 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 re­vealed the artists he’s been lis­ten­ing to — in­clud­ing Skepta, Mozart, Howlin’ Wolf, Tame Im­pala, “ob­scure Prince tracks and clas­sic soul stuff from The Valen­tine Broth­ers.”

Mick Jag­ger

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