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sense of discovery


composers
Written by: Kerr / Burchill / Parker


publisher
BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd


background
Sense Of Discovery was first mentioned as a possible track for the second Lostboy! album.

"Summer and Sense Of Discovery were both written in the corner of my bedroom in a two bed flat just after my second child Charlie was born. I had a MacBook, bass and guitar in the corner with Sense Of Discovery. I felt I wanted Simple Minds to do a ballad, so I started to piece together a track that I'd love to hear Simple Minds singing and, it has bloody happened!" - Owen Parker, February 2018

"Good flight to London with Charlie, both looking forward to the coming Simple Minds gigs. Went to the studio near Oxford Street to demo two new Lostboy! AKA songs - music of both written by Owen Parker. (Owen composed the music to The Wait Parts 1+2, She Fell In Love With Silence and Broken Glass Park). I liked how these new ones shaped up. Summer could be good. "Sense Of Discovery" will be beautiful!" - Jim 1st June 2010

The ElectroSet Rehearsal Demo received its radio debut on the Billy Sloan show of the 17th October 2010.

The song was finally recorded by Simple Minds for Walk Between Worlds. However it almost didn't make the final cut. "...The shop was quiet, so I took a few minutes to tell her how the song came about, including how it almost did not make it on to the album. How we sometimes let our doubts get the better with us while making an album. How after all these years our confidence can still occasionally get lost. - Jim, 7th April 2018


Making new album Walk Between Worlds, childhood friends Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill rowed over the direction of a song.

Kerr says: "We had one of our biggest fights ever. Everyone else left the room. The jacket was coming off — it was serious."

The huge argument was over a version of the track Sense of Discovery Burchill did not like. He explains: "Charlie is so polite and tries hard not to be negative. He really didn’t want to disappoint me. But, piping up at the last minute it's then 'Whoahhhhhh' and it all kicked off. Afterwards, I went outside and a big Glaswegian guy said, 'I've not heard a fight like that in years.'"

After working out their differences, the pair made up and the track closes the album. The singer adds: "It's Charlie's favourite track now."

"That night I went home and felt embarrassed at some of the stuff I’d said. But then I started laughing, as it showed how passionate I was about that song — how passionate we both still are about Simple Minds."

Up Close With Simple Minds
The Sun
8th February 2018

The song was officially premiered on Steve Lamaqc's BBC Radio 6 show on the 24th January. It was made available on streaming channels the same day.

MM: Some Simple Minds songs have an extended gestation period to develop. The song Magic was one of those, and the final track Sense of Discovery has been around since the Lostboy era.

JK: We are getting a great reaction from those songs, but you always get someone saying, "I heard about those songs years ago, they're old songs you are churning out." And I'm like, "Hang on a minute you dick." (Laughs) It’s excellent when songs announce themselves, and they just come and go. The song Magic, for instance, was always pretty much there, but sometimes something is missing, and you don’t know what it is, Sense of Discovery was the same. Sometimes the language of the song doesn’t feel right for the times, or there are times when you hear the song later through different ears, and you think it feels right now."

MM:: The final track on the album, Sense of Discovery features a melodic refrain from one of your biggest hits Alive and Kicking. Was there a particular reason for this?

JK: I was driving everyone mental because the version we had the arrangement of was pretty much the same arrangement as we had way back in the Lostboy era. Everyone liked it, and they were saying, "what is the problem? It's great, can we move on?" And I was saying, "No, something is missing." But I couldn’t articulate what it was. While we were stripping the track down one day, I listened to this guitar part that Charlie was playing underneath a load of other guitars. It had this prominent rhythm which was precisely the thing I had in my mind and lo-and-behold I was able to then demonstrate it, and it became the last piece of the jigsaw."

Jim Kerr and Mark Millar
xsnoize.com
January 2018


JK: The title of the new album is Walk Between Worlds. It's the 17th studio album. There are a couple of tracks on the album that are about an abstract idea of faith and it's interesting that the first song, Magic, opens the album – it's from a young person's point of view – probably us realising, we were putting the band together, that the odds of finding success, the odds of making this thing work around the world are stacked against you.
JK: Yet you would have to have some faith to get by.
JK: The album ends with the song Sense Of Discovery. This is also about faith. But it's from a much older person's point of view.

Jim Kerr
Walk Between Worlds EPK
February 2018

GG: "The music and the feel were locked in quite early on – it had originally been a song scheduled for Jim’s second ‘Lostboy’ album. But Charlie’s guitar work really brought it properly into the Minds’ culture and lot of changes kept occurring as we were working on it. At one stage, we were at Gorbals Sound, and we were just running keyboards in solo. Jim heard it and said ‘that’s sounds amazing, can’t we begin that way? So we re-fashioned how the intro works, much more stripped down, and again, quite late on, Jim was sort of ‘kicking the tyres’, and said, ‘I’ve written this new part which I want to try over the ending’. We recorded it with Sarah Brown, and lived with it for a while and ended up liking it so much that we wondered whether it should actually be the chorus. So we tried all these different edits and looked at moving things around within the structure of the song and only after a lot of versions ended up with the shape the song has now."

AW: "That part from Jim just felt really natural – and I think he was quoted somewhere as saying it was like trying on an old coat – finding that it still fits, and there’s something kind of right about it. The song is another Owen Parker co-write, and had quite a journey – but in the end the version we went with has had an amazing reception – and looks set to be another radio hit."

Andy Wright and Gavin Goldberg
Producers Interview
March 2018

An edit of the song was uploaded to streaming channels on the 23rd February along with artwork. The band also shot a video but this has yet to appear.


lyrics
One last moment, the days were closing in
The ray of light was faltering
Was no more sequels, no words could tell
The pace of time was gathering
And you saved yourself for me
And you led me to a sense of discovery

Waiting for a moment that you think won’t come
Belief is no illusion but you must hold on
The heart is like a temple one you cannot see
Inside these walls, discovery
From the desert to the ocean a revolving sun
The journey now has just begun
The heart is like a temple one you cannot see
Inside these walls just you and me

So put your hand on me

One last moment, the waves were rolling in
The ray of light was faltering
And you placed your hands on me

Waiting for a moment that you think won’t come
Belief is no illusion but you must go on
The heart is like a temple one you cannot see
Inside these walls, discovery
From the desert to the ocean a revolving sun
The journey now has just begun
The heart is like a temple one you cannot see
Inside these walls just you and me

So put your hand on me, so I’ll see
That the rage will dissolve like the wind, endlessly
No more life castaway, so lonely
When you led me to this sense of discovery

Put your hand on me - so I will see
That the rage will dissolve like the wind - endlessly

Inside these walls, discovery
Waiting for a moment that you think won’t come
Belief is no illusion but you must hold on
The heart is like a temple one you cannot see
Inside these walls just you and me
From the desert to the ocean a revolving sun
The journey now has just begun
The heart is like a temple, one you cannot see
Inside these walls, discovery




discography
Edit (3:31)
Produced by Andy Wright, Gavin Goldberg and Simple Minds
Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
Assisted by Lewis Chapman


Sense Of Discovery Promo CD
Album Version (6:25)
Produced by Andy Wright, Gavin Goldberg and Simple Minds
Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
Assisted by Lewis Chapman


Walk Between Worlds Promo CD Walk Between Worlds LP Walk Between Worlds Limited Edition Deluxe LP (Blue) Walk Between Worlds Limited Edition Deluxe LP (Pink) Walk Between Worlds Limited Edition Picture LP Walk Between Worlds CD Walk Between Worlds Limited Edition Deluxe CD Sense Of Discovery Promo CD
Instrumental (6:25)
Produced by Andy Wright, Gavin Goldberg and Simple Minds
Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
Assisted by Lewis Chapman


Sense Of Discovery Promo CD



videography
Edit (3:31)
Produced by Andy Wright, Gavin Goldberg and Simple Minds
Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
Assisted by Lewis Chapman
Sense Of Discovery promo video



live history
Walk Between Worlds: 2018
Walk Between Worlds Summer Tour: 2018