The Superb Nook

G.H. Harding

HACKETT’S 48 — (By way of PROG) Steve Hackett returns to the world of idea albums for the primary time in 48 years with the discharge of his newest studio album, The Circus And The Nightwhale, which will probably be launched by means of InsideOutMusic on February 16.

The brand new album would be the first Hackett idea album since his 1975 solo debut Voyage Of The Acolyte, which adopted Genesis’ 1974 grand double idea affair The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway.

“The Circus And The Nightwhale is an album with a distinction,” states Hackett. “This time it’s a story, primarily based each actually and metaphorically on my life… It’s each faction and fiction, starting in a gritty world of harsh actuality, spinning off into a vibrant and darkish, bizarre metaphorical universe of surprise turned to terror, with an finally stunning resolve.

“It spans the musical vary from the heaviest to the heavenly, with musical influences, devices and artists from a number of international locations all over the world. I’m vastly happy with this new album which I see as intensely private, but completely common on the identical time… If ever there was a movie for the ear, that is it!”

The Circus And The Nightwhale was recorded on the UK’s Siren Studios in between excursions in 2022 and 2023. The album options Hackett’s touring band in addition to a raft of company together with Amanda Lehmann and Massive Massive Practice’s Nick D’Virgilio, Hugo Degenhardt return as company on the drumstool, Benedict Fenner options on keyboards and Malik Mansurov on tar, with Hackett’s brother John as soon as extra on flute.

The Circus And The Nightwhale will probably be accessible on a number of totally different codecs, together with a restricted version CD and Blu-ray mediabook (together with 5.1 Encompass Sound and 24-bit excessive decision stereo mixes), normal CD jewelcase, gatefold 180g vinyl LP and as digital album. All characteristic a canopy portray by Denise Marsh.

Pre-orders for the album will open quickly.


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