Guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani’s new studio album is just one week away
01.04.2022

Guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani’s new studio album is just one week away

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Words by Mixdown Staff

The Elephants of Mars marks studio album number 19 for Satriani

Guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani’s new album The Elephants of Mars is one week away, marking the legendary guitarist’s 19th studio album in more than 35 years in music.

What you need to know: 

  • Guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani’s new album The Elephants of Mars is one week away.
  • The album was borne from a productive workingman’s holiday due to the pandemic.
  • The guitarist challenged himself to create a “new standard” for instrumental guitar albums

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Satriani describes his latest single ‘Faceless’ as being about loneliness. 

“When the person you want to see you for who you really are doesn’t seem to recognize you.” He continues “It’s also a comment on a society where people are truly knowing each other less and less being separated by their differences rather than being united for their shared hopes and dreams. The solo section represents one’s true self finally breaking free.”

Joe Satriani had a productive workingman’s holiday with the pandemic-induced time away from the road ultimately giving him and his touring band – all recording remotely in separate areas of the world during lockdown – the ability to deliver an album length journey that never dulls. 

The guitarist challenged himself to create a “new standard” for instrumental guitar albums to be measured against, one which would work from “a new platform of his own design,” as he describes it. 

“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.”

The Elephants of Mars truly represents the album that Satriani himself hoped he could deliver with his band. 

“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.”

Preorder The Elephants of Mars here.