Sonic Boom Announces “All Things Being Equal,” His First New LP in Over 20 Years
First single “Just Imagine” arrives today with an appropriately trippy visual.
When Spacemen 3 disbanded in 1991, it was promising that co-vocalist Peter Kember—a.k.a. Sonic Boom—was already headfirst into his solo career with his droning space-rock debut Spectrum recorded prior to their breakup. Well, it didn’t last—here we are thirty years later, and despite an impressive résumé of production work (with MGMT, Beach House and Panda Bear, among others) , a few LPs with an expanded lineup as Spectrum and the collaborative project E.A.R., as well as a Sonic Boom EP with fellow spaced-out rockers No Joy, we’ve yet to hear word of a sophomore record.
Until now! Today, Kember’s announcing All Things Being Equal, the long-, long-awaited sequel to Spectrum which carries over the atmospheric neo-psych of its predecessor, as heard in the record’s debut single, “Just Imagine.” The artist attributes much of the naturalistic lyrical content to his interim move to a national park in Sintra, Portugal. Additionally, he cites all of his past production collaborations as inspiration for the album’s shift in sound: “I learn from everyone I work with, and I wanted to bring what I learnt into this record,” Kember explained in a press statement. You can watch the Nuno Jardim–directed video for the new single below, which amplifies the track’s psychedelic qualities with an onslaught of colorful imagery backing Kember.
All Things Being Equal drops June 5 via Carpark Records—you can pre-order it here.