Steve Hackett Previews New Album ‘At the Edge of Light’ with ‘Underground Railroad’ — Listen

Steve Hackett Previews New Album ‘At the Edge of Light’ with ‘Underground Railroad’ — Listen

On January 25, legendary guitarist Steve Hackett will release At the Edge of Light, a new album that serves as the follow-up to 2016’s The Night Siren. The former Genesis guitarist announced the new record in late October, and on Friday he previewed it with a dramatic track titled “Underground Railroad.”

Take a listen:

Said Hackett in a statement about the new album and its inspiration:

“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.”

And specifically of “Underground Railroad”:

“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. Durga and Lorelei McBroom (both sang with Pink Floyd) sound amazing, expressing that heartfelt pain. As well as electric guitar, I play Dobro acoustic and also harmonica, transporting us back to those times…”

This is the second song released thus far in promotion of the album, following “Under the Eye of the Sun”:

Hackett 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. Click here to pre-order the album now.

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:

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