New Album – Direction of the Heart

Simple Minds announce their eighteenth studio album ‘Direction of the Heart’, set for release on 21st October 2022 and available to pre-order HERE.

‘Direction of The Heart’ finds the band at their most confident and anthemic best and is an inspired celebration of life, most evident on the captivating lead single ‘Vision Thing’ – Listen HERE.

Album guests include Sparks’ frontman Russell Mael and former Ged Grimes music partner from Danny Wilson, songwriter Gary Clark. Full album track listing and details are below.

Direction of the Heart – the new album from Simple Minds

Deluxe CD

Ltd Edition Silver LP (exclusive)

Cassette (exclusive)

CD, LP & CASSETTE TRACKLIST

1. Vision Thing // 2. First You Jump // 3. Human Traffic // 4. Who Killed Truth? // 5. Solstice Kiss // 6. Act of Love // 7. Natural // 8. Planet Zero // 9. The Walls Came Down

DIGITAL & DELUXE CD TRACKLIST

1. Vision Thing // 2. First You Jump // 3. Human Traffic // 4. Who Killed Truth? // 5. Solstice Kiss // 6. Act of Love // 7. Natural // 8. Planet Zero // 9. The Walls Came Down // 10. Direction of the Heart (Taormina 2022) // 11. Wondertimes

“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?” - Jim Kerr

Most of Direction Of The Heart’s tracks were written, created and demoed in Sicily, where both Jim Kerr and guitarist Charlie 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.

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.