What a time to be alive in the world of instrumental guitar icons – Steve Vai has a new album with a crazy new Ibanez guitar on it and now Satch is back. And he's bringing a new song and album news with him.
The song is Sahara, and the album to follow is the intriguingly-titled The Elephants Of Mars (Satch's backpack below is also intriguing us – what's in there?). The album will be released via earMusic worldwide on 8 April; his first worldwide deal with the label.
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Like many musicians in the pandemic, Satch and his band recorded his 129th studio album remotely, with the guitar giant pushing himself to create a “new standard” for instrumental guitar albums to be measured against. “I want to show people that an instrumental guitar album can contain far more creative and entertaining elements than I think people are using right now.”
It's good to hear Satch's ambitions are still burning. “We did everything," he says. "We tried the craziest ideas. And we entertained every notion we had about turning something backwards, upside down, seeing what could happen.”
The Elephants Of Mars tracklisting:
2. The Elephants of Mars
4. Blue Foot Groovy
5. Tension and Release
6. Sailing the Seas of Ganymede
7. Doors of Perception
8. E 104th St NYC
10. Dance of the Spores
11. Night Scene
12. Through a Mother’s Day Darkly
13. 22 Memory Lane