Featuring a cast of international performers, At The Edge Of Light will be the 26th studio album from legendary progressive rock artist Steve Hackett. Due out on 25th January 2019, expectation is high, the guitarist’s previous studio recording, 2017’s The Night Siren, having been a mainstream album chart hit in the UK and Europe.
Steve says: “In these dangerous times, deep shadows feel even sharper than usual and we find ourselves standing at the edge of light… 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.”
Recorded mainly within Hackett’s own studio but also in foreign climes. Aside from regular Hackett sidemen such as Rob Townsend (sax, bass clarinet and duduk), Gary O’Toole (drums), Roger King (keyboards), his brother John Hackett (Flute) and Amanda Lehmann (Vocals), international guests include drummers Nick D’Virgilio (Genesis, Spock’s Beard) and Simon Phillips (Toto, Jeff Beck Group) from the USA, Icelandic drummer/percussionist Gulli Briem, India’s Sheema (Sitar), tar player Malik Mansurov, Swedish bass player Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings), Paul Stillwell (didgeridoo), Ben Fenner (keyboards), Dick Driver (double bass, violin), Christine Townsend. (viola) and Durga and Loreley of Pink Floyd vocal fame.
At The Edge Of Light features ten tracks: ‘Fallen Walls And Pedestals’, ‘Beasts In Our Time’, ‘Under The Eye Of The Sun’, ‘Underground Railroad’, ‘Those Golden Wings’, ‘Shadow And Flame’, ‘Hungry Years’, ‘Descent’, ‘Conflict’ and ‘Peace’. It will be available in a variety of formats.
Probably the hardest working man in progressive rock right now, having just announced another UK tour for November 2019, former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett will be a special guest on both Yes’ Cruise To The Edge and Justin Haywood’s On The Blue Cruise both in February.