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Joe Satriani Announces New Album 'The Elephants Of Mars' With First Single Sahara

Thursday, 20 January 2022 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: Eduardo Peña Dolhun

Joe Satriani has announced his 19th studio album.

The follow-up to 2020's 'Shapeshifting' is called 'The Elephants Of Mars' and will arrive on April 8, marking his first full-length on earMUSIC.

The news comes with a red-tinted video for the record's lead single, Sahara, a hypnotic track that finds the 65-year-old flexing his skills across an impressive guitar work-out. 

Recorded with Satriani's bandmates remotely due to COVID-19 restrictions, the LP was made without the usual time constraints, and challenged the guitarist to create a "new standard" for instrumental records. He said:

"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. We did everything. We tried the craziest ideas. And we entertained every notion we had about turning something backwards, upside down, seeing what could happen."

Satriani is set to embark on a rescheduled UK and European tour this spring. 

'The Elephants Of Mars' tracklist:

1. Sahara   
2. The Elephants of Mars                   
3. Faceless                                          
4. Blue Foot Groovy                           
5. Tension and Release
6. Sailing the Seas of Ganymede
7. Doors of Perception                        
8. E 104th St NYC
9. Pumpin’
10. Dance of the Spores
11. Night Scene
12. Through a Mother’s Day Darkly
13. 22 Memory Lane
14. Desolation

Joe Satriani Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Sun May 01 2022 - BEXHILL ON SEA De La Warr Pavilion
Mon May 02 2022 - LONDON London Palladium
Tue May 03 2022 - MANCHESTER Bridgewater Hall
Wed May 04 2022 - GLASGOW O2 Academy Glasgow
Fri May 06 2022 - BIRMINGHAM Symphony Hall
Sat May 07 2022 - GATESHEAD Sage Gateshead

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