Two years ago, legendary prog-rock guitarist Steve Hackett released The Night Siren, a captivating album that picked up chart success in Germany and the UK. He’s since found time to record another, and on January 25 Hackett will release At the Edge of Light.
Hackett, formerly of Genesis, told Rock Cellar in an interview based around The Night Siren that, “music needs to be adventurous, it doesn’t need to be safe. There’s no point in doing that,” so here’s hoping At the Edge of Light continues that thread.
Said Hackett of the new material in a statement:
“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.”
Hackett worked with a number of musicians and collaborators on the new record, too:
The album features international artists, including Durga and Loreley of Pink Floyd vocal fame with drummers Nick D’Virgilio and Simon Phillips from USA, Sheema on sitar from India, Icelandic drummer/percussionist Gulli Briem, tar player Malik Mansurov and Swedish bass player Jonas Reingold… This album also features Paul Stillwell on didgeridoo, Rob Townsend on sax, bass clarinet and duduk, Amanda Lehmann on vocals, John Hackett on flute, drummer Gary O’Toole, Roger King and Ben Fenner on keyboards, Dick Driver on double bass, violinist and viola player Christine Townsend… All magically honed and engineered by Roger King.
The track listing:
“Fallen Walls and Pedestals”
“Beasts In Our Time”
“Under The Eye of the Sun”
“Those Golden Wings”
“Shadow and Flame”
For more on Hackett’s creative process and some stories from throughout his iconic career, enjoy our Rock Cellar TV interview conducted with him at a recent tour stop in early 2018:
And stay tuned for more about his new album.