Steve Hackett unveils new single 'Underground Railroad' from upcoming album 'At the Edge of Light': Listen
Former Genesis guitarist's album 'At the Edge of Light' comes out this January. After previewing it with lead single 'Under the Eye of the Sun', he has released a second single.
Former Genesis guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steve Hackett returns in 2019 with a new album. Titled 'At The Edge Of Light', the album is the 26th in Hackett's long and distinguished solo career and follows's 2017's 'The Night Siren'. It arrives on Jan 25 via InsideOut.
In anticipation of the new record, Hackett has unveiled a new single titled 'Underground Railroad'. The single is a bluesy wild west-themed prog number that opens with a harmonica and showcases Hackett's signature prog-rock guitar work. Anchored around a grand piano, the intro features exquisite choral vocals courtesy of Durga and Lorelei McBroom, both of whom have sung as backing vocalists for Pink Floyd.
“I was inspired to write 'Underground Railroad' in Wilmington, Delaware, discovering about that amazing network that helped slaves escape in pre-Civil War America, spearheaded by brave people like Harriet Tubman," said Hackett of the new single. "Durga and Lorelei McBroom (both sang with Pink Floyd) sound amazing, expressing that heartfelt pain."
Listen to 'Underground Railroad' below:
The forthcoming album which spans ten tracks, sees Steve unite a wide range of influences, from guitar-driven rock to epic orchestration, from world music to the reflective and atmospheric - all stitched together in Steve Hackett’s inimitable style.
“In these dangerous times, deep shadows feel even sharper than usual and we find ourselves standing at the edge of light," Hackett says of the prevalent themes in the new record in a press release.
"The contrast between dark and light weaves its way throughout the album in many ways, from the sense of good fighting evil through to the interplay of dark and light opposites magically combining in cultures, including the heartbeat of India and primal tribal rhythms. Ultimately, this album embraces the need for all musical forms and cultures to connect and celebrate the wonder of unity in this divided world.”
The album was previewed by the lead single 'Under The Eye Of The Sun,' which came with its own slideshow video taken from Hackett's travels around the world and showcasing "the rock-scapes of Monument Valley, Sedona, Grand Canyon, Uluru and Arabian desert." Check out the photo video below:
'At The Edge Of Light' is being released in a number of formats including a Mediabook CD plus extra DVD with 5.1 surround sound mix & behind the scenes documentary, double vinyl LP + CD, jewel case CD and digital album. Pre-orders are ongoing.
Check out the tracklist of the album and the album art below:
'At the Edge of Light' tracklist:
01. Walls and Pedestals
02. Beasts In Our Time
03. Under The Eye of the Sun
04. Underground Railroad
05. Those Golden Wings
06. Shadow and Flame
07. Hungry Years
(Photo credit for cover image: Rick Pauline)