Monday, December 31, 2018

Steve Hackett – At the Edge of Light - Album Review



By: Stewart Brennan ~ World United Music ~

“At the Edge of Light” is a new ten track album by Steve Hackett which covers a wide variety of genres and sounds in a progressive experimental matrix.

The album projects, at its core, a concept of morality that is, in my opinion, an awakening of sorts that clearly sees that mankind has strayed from the path in the forest of life to a point where there is darkness surrounding us; while also seeing the light ahead on a path we should be travelling.

The titles of the album’s 10 tracks lend us the intuition of what to expect from this record; from fallen walls of ancient empires to the beasts in our time, to the conflicts within, resolution and peace.

ALBUM: At The Edge Of Light (54:25)

TRACKS
1. Fallen Walls And Pedestals (02:16)
2. Beasts In Our Time (06:21)
3. Under The Eye Of The Sun (07:07)
4. Underground Railroad (06:23)
5. Those Golden Wings (11:20)
6. Shadow And Flame (04:24)
7. Hungry Years (04:34)
8. Descent (04:21)
9. Conflict (02:37)
10. Peace (05:02)

(Album released by record label “Inside Out Music” January 25th, 2019) - Order Album at this link

The music is consciously expressive of the World around us, past and present and comes after months of touring on top of Steve Hackett’s last two albums “Wolflight” (March 27th, 2015) and “The Night Siren” (March 24th, 2017), Two great albums in their own right that also play a part in 2019’s “at the Edge of Light”.

“At the Edge of Light” is just what it implies…it gives the impression of humanity existing at the edge of twilight, racing to catch up with the sun, to shed the cloak of darkness that is quickly consuming the world…while at the same time revealing that there is hope and peace if together, we choose it make it happen.

And so, in this context, here is my review and perception of the 10 tracks on “At the Edge of Light”.

10 Tracks:

01 – Fallen Walls and Pedestals

“At the Edge of Light” continues where the “Night Siren” left off and opens with the sounds of the “Tar”, a Persian instrument shared by many cultures in the Middle East and Caucasus region. The instrument is fitting to express almost empathically the ancient and current conflicts in the cradle of humanity.

The song then moves quickly to thundering drums projecting a storm that leads into an orchestral story of conflict and despair depicted by the brilliant lead guitar expressions of Steve Hackett.

“Fallen Walls and Pedestals” conjures up thoughts and feelings of the dark place the world is in today but also the enormity and the tininess of an ancient fallen empire, both empathically projected through the guitar playing of Steve Hackett.


02 – Beasts in Our Time

“Beasts in Our Time” is a continuation of the first track, “Fallen Walls and Pedestals”, that expresses musically, the ills and evils of our times. It begins with orchestral notes of melancholy that intertwine with expressive lyrics, into an amazing sax solo including Steve Hackett’s stunning guitar work which then breathes life into every turn of the song along with an expressive orchestration. Also, of note is the impeccable drumming, and base playing that carries the flow and tight delivery of a supporting cast that makes this one of the best Progressive Rock songs of the year.

Official Song Stream: Beasts in Our Time



03 – Under the Eye of the Sun

“Under the Eye of the Sun” emerges out from under the blanket of darkness that pervades our world, to bring forth the light of hope in an upbeat, lively and positive musical spirit, that invigorates an empathic reach for the stars…

Steve Hackett reminds us that its not too late to change our fate and that we can vanquish the darkness that covers the Earth if we decide to do it. Such is the power we have within us, one which can also be found all around us in nature.

The song is a choir of upbeat sounds carried by brilliant drumming, vocals and guitar work that shapes the song into a euphoric expression…the music then slows to capture the awe and amazement felt when standing before a cathedral of natural history with the didgeridoo and viola shaping a humble acknowledgement to the waves of truth calling from ancient times. I find the song uplifting and reverent to the soul.

Official Song Stream: Under the Eye of the Sun


04 – Underground Railroad

“Underground Railroad” is truly a fitting song to follow “Under the Eye of the Sun” in that it presents hope for a better world as historically, the “Underground Railroad” was a ray of hope for many, and a lifeline away from the barbaric world of slavery.

The harmonica and dobro guitar at the beginning of the song brings to mind a train whistle and several people hiding in the shade, from the heat of the sun, with elevated levels of adrenalin pumping through them in anticipation of escaping their bondage.

The unmistakable gospel voices of Durga & Lorelei McBroom soon kick in to give the song a real taste of hope and freedom and then moves on to tell its story with a far-off approaching dobro guitar and lyrics that capture the moment…and then just as quickly, the song takes off with a drum kick and dobro buildup that moves into a sophisticated progressive rock collage that musically describes the conflict and struggle people endured. All of which is brilliantly portrayed by the captivating guitar playing of Steve Hackett. The song then concludes with moments of jubilation by choir like vocals and guitar work to then fade to the train simulating dobro guitar, carrying an eerie reminder that the struggle carries on…a brilliant expression in every way.

Official Song Stream: Underground Railroad


05 – Those Golden Wings

“Those Golden Wings” opens with a symphonic portrayal of heaven, as if standing before the creator with a lifetime on display in all its fullness, value and merit…the song moves effortlessly to an acoustic tale with meaningful lyrics that builds into an orchestral accounting with a telling and memorable chorus. The story then continues through Steve Hackett’s captivating lead guitar that expresses the emotional peaks and valley’s in the complicated turns of ones lifetime. Together, they combine with the magical elements of cinematic surround and operatic choir to encompass an expression of a full life lived and on display as part of a greater realm.

I love this song as it blends Classical elements, operatic highs, captivating symphonic expressions, alluring lyrics and Steve Hackett’s brilliant signature lead guitar to build an unbelievably great progressive rock tune. This is classic progressive rock at its finest.


06 – Shadow and Flame

The song “Shadow and Flame” opens with a ping, an Indian sitar and drum with vocals that vibrate an aura of the ancient past, as if part of the old silk road comes back to life from its death to teach us that the answers to the future lay in understanding the past.

The song then moves forward, carried by brilliant drumming that easily shifts a changing tempo with a sitar that is expressive as though telling a story through its notes and vibrations…and always the symphonic surround sounds that emulate concern and immediacy. There are also points within the song that connect to “In the Skeleton Gallery” from “The Night Siren” which then evolves into the sophisticated array of Roger Kings keys and Steve Hackett’s guitar as they weave in and out of each other to the songs end. An amazing tale told through music.


07 – Hungry Years

“Hungry Years” is an upbeat popish tune that at times reminds me of “The Seekers” - “I’ll Never Find Another You” and at other times reminds me of Mike Oldfield’s “Moonlight Shadow”, but it goes where those songs could not. (For all you old school DJ’s out there, that’s a hint 😉)

Wonderful harmonies with a walk down memory lane and a genius solo on lead guitar. Who say’s Steve Hackett can’t do pop?


08, 09, 10 – Descent, Conflict, Peace

The final 3 songs on the album “Descent, “Conflict” and “Peace” can be viewed as three parts of one song that takes us through to the album’s conclusion.

“The Descent” is a dark orchestral march and cinematic descent into the shadows preparing to face the maw of darkness that is eating up all life and spiritual connection to this planet.


 “Conflict” – is coming face to face with the darkness in a determined battle. Engaging orchestral and cinematic soundscapes with an empathic lead guitar emulating the fight for survival and battle to victory.


“Peace” begins with simple piano and vocals to express the end of conflict, the peaceful silence that comes after victory…a victory achieved by our unity to confront the darkness.

In the song, Steve Hackett leaves me with these final thoughts; Trust in your intuition that love always conquers. Face your fears for it is half the battle, as the darkness will dissipate upon your awakening to reveal that the sun does indeed come up the next day and that thinking with your heart is truly the way forward.

A magnificent end to a brilliant album.


Conclusion:

“At the Edge of Light” by Steve Hackett is both an intellectually and spiritually crafted masterpiece of expression told through the empathic vines of music and lyric.”

In my opinion, the album is one of his best if not the best album that Steve Hackett has produced so far, during his solo career.

Some of Steve Hackett’s previous albums such as “Wild Orchids”, “Wolflight” and “The Night Siren” place well on my favourites list, but “At the Edge of Light” for me, tops them all for its well rounded and awakened concept in trying to make the world a better place.

“At the Edge of Light” receives two thumbs up from this old DJ. “A Fantastic album!”

Steve Hackett: At the Edge of Light (Interview)


Album Line-Up:
Steve Hackett – electric & acoustic guitars, 12
strings, dobro, bass, harmonica, vocals
Gulli Briem – drums, percussion
Dick Driver – double bass
Benedict Fenner – keyboards & programming
John Hackett – flute
Roger King – keyboards, programming &
orchestral arrangements
Amanda Lehmann – vocals
Durga McBroom – vocals
Lorelei McBroom – vocals
Malik Mansurov – tar
Sheema Mukherjee – sitar
Gary O’Toole – drums
Simon Phillips – drums
Jonas Reingold – bass
Paul Stillwell – didgeridoo
Christine Townsend – violin, viola
Rob Townsend – tenor sax, flute, duduk, bass
clarinet
Nick D’Virgilio – drums

Steve Hacket’s Official Links:


Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The Minstral Show – (Episode 062)




Welcome to Episode 62 of the Minstral Show!

Welcome back to the only show that covers the best music being made today…and of course as always, we have Three great sets of music coming your way featuring, Dave Kerzner’s In Continuum with special guest Steve Hackett, followed by Marqui Adora, Rick Miller, Stephan Thelen, Agnes Obel, John Sokoloff, Amos Lee, Julian Lennon and John Fogerty.

Music that tells a story, opens the mind, and takes us to a better place…you’re in a room at the edge of the galaxy, so sit back, relax and cast off your burden for the real music of the 21st century…

Let my play for you, the songs of tomorrow,
while we dream of better days, in a World United by Music…

Special thanks to: Southbound Snake Charmers & John Palmer for their music contribution to this program.

Program Intro Song:
3rd set Intro

The Minstral Show Episode 62


SONGS:

In Continuum – Crash Landing – Featuring Steve Hackett
Marqui Adora – White Buildings
Rick Miller – Heaven in Your Eyes

Stephan Thelen – Road Movie
Agnes Obel – Red Virgin Soil
John Sokoloff – Waltz for Anastasia

Amos Lee – What’s Going On
Julian Lennon – Someday – Featuring Steven Tyler
John Fogerty – Don’t You Wish it Was True



 ALSO:

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

The Minstral Show – (Episode 061)




Welcome to Episode 61 of the Minstral Show!

Greetings from the rock club at the end of the universe, your place to get away from it all, if only for an hour… it’s all good. Today’s lineup features Kikagaku Moyo, Kevin Morby, Lunatic Soul, Darrel Treece-Birch, Sonic Elements, Lonely Robot, Okay Mann, The Fixators and Fernando Perdomo to round out a wide variety of great music being made and covered today in this, the 21st century.

A program note, to let you know about a few changes to this podcast…

Going forward, there’ll be a slight change to the shows format where I’ll play 3 sets of music after a short intro and then close the show with a last thought.

…and as you’ll notice, I now have an awesome intro song to open the show called “Cut My Time” by Australia’s Southbound Snake Charmers. So, a BIG thumbs up and thank you to the band for allowing me to use this awesome Rockin tune.

And so, welcome to a new episode of the Minstral Show where I share 3 new sets of music, to shield you from the drain of another crazy week of life on this mad house planet of ours…hey, music is the best way to escape the noise coming at you from all the front lines of political insanity…so tune in, turn off the noisy world, and enjoy the waves…on the Minstral Show.

The Minstral Show – (Episode 061)


SONGS:

Kikagaku Moyo – Gatherings
Kevin Morby – Harlem River – (after hours dub)
Lunatic Soul – Anymore
Darrel Treece-Birch – The Stand
Sonic Elements – Machine Messiah (YES cover)
Lonely Robot – Sigma
Okay Mann – It Won’t Be Long
The Fixators – Wide Awake
Fernando Perdomo – Find Love



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Sunday, November 25, 2018

The Minstral Show – (Episode 060)


Welcome to Episode 60 of the Minstral Show!

The choices we make in life stay with us from beginning to end and even though we make errors on our way, we do eventually learn from them and move on.

Each one of us, when born, begins a path that zig zags through the forest of life. The forest presents us with many paths and lessons from the choices we make which provide us with a glimpse and understanding of why we are here. Those lessons often turn into art through poetry, paintings, sculptures and of course Music. Todays episode contains some of those expressions through the music of Julian Lennon, Sonic Elements, Damh the Bard, Amarante, Dave Kerzner, House of Not, Agnes Obel, Fabio Brunelli and Mountain Heart.

More than just a podcast, World United Music has emerged to bring you the best music being made in the 21st century by signed, unsigned and Independent artists.

To all the Artists, be sure to share the podcast episode with your network as it helps bring attention not only to your work but to the work of others as well. That's what the “World United Music” project is all about, bringing attention to all the artists who make great music.

The Minstral Show – (Episode 060)


SONGS:

Julian Lennon – In Between
Sonic Elements – Your Move, And You & I, Wonderful Stories (YES Cover)
Damh the Bard – Under a Beltane Sun
Amarante – Meet Me in the Woods (Lord Huron Cover)
Dave Kerzner – The Lie
House of Not – Key of G
Agnes Obel – Stretch Your Eyes
Fabio Brunelli – Mosquito
Mountain Heart – Whipping Post (Allman Brothers Cover)



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Sunday, October 28, 2018

The Minstral Show – (Episode 059)




Welcome to Episode 59 of the Minstral Show!

Three great sets of music coming up on the 59th episode of Minstral show featuring; The Perfects, Whispering Sons, Everything Fades, Blkk Bones, The Steams, Dave Kerzner, Galahad, Yuki Murata, Kikagaku Moyo and Chris de Burgh.

More than just a podcast, World United Music has emerged to bring you the best music being made in the 21st century by signed, unsigned and Independent artists.

To all the Artists, be sure to share the podcast episode with your network as it helps bring attention not only to your work but to the work of others as well. That's what the “World United Music” project is all about, bringing attention to all the artists who make great music.

The Minstral Show – (Episode 059)


SONGS:

The Perfects – Come Down
Whispering Sons – Alone
Everything Fades – Here’s to a New Tomorrow
Blkk Bones – Gateway / Sakkara
The Steams – Black Sand
Dave Kerzner – Reflection, Under Control
Galahad – Empires Never Last
Yuki Murata – Bird Sings a Lullaby
Kikagaku Moyo – Blanket Song
Chris de Burgh – Mirror of the Soul


ALSO:

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Chris de Burgh

The World United Music Podcast is now carried on 10 different platforms including Anchor FM, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Radio Public, Castbox, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Overcast and of course here on our World United Music Blog. New shows are uploaded every Sunday evening at 7:00 pm eastern standard time but you can also stream past shows any time you like. What are you waiting for, “Catch the Wave!”



Sunday, October 7, 2018

The Minstral Show – (Episode 058)




Welcome to Episode 58 of the Minstral Show!

We have three very engaging sets of music on today’s program, that covers an array of genres for free thinking and progressive minds featuring; Sea Pinks, The People, Southbound Snake Charmers, La Resistance, Matthew Perryman Jones, Miss Mobile Home, Wobbler, Fables, Midday Veil and James Yuill.

More than just a podcast, World United Music has emerged to bring you the best music being made in the 21st century by signed, unsigned and Independent artists.

To all the Artists, be sure to share the podcast episode with your network as it helps bring attention not only to your work but to the work of others as well. That's what the “World United Music” project is all about, bringing attention to all the artists who make great music.

The Minstral Show – (Episode 058)


SONGS:

Sea Pinks – I Don’t Feel Like Giving In
The People – Gone
Southbound Snake Charmers – Moonshine Runner’s Blues
La Resistance – Head On
Matthew Perryman Jones – Happy
Miss Mobile Home – Fine Machine
Wobbler - Foxlight
Fables – Sherekhan
Midday Veil – Empire is No More
James Yuill – Kings Come of Noethinge


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The World United Music Podcast is now carried on 10 different platforms including Anchor FM, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Radio Public, Castbox, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Overcast and of course here on our World United Music Blog. New shows are uploaded every Sunday evening at 7:00 pm eastern standard time but you can also stream past shows any time you like. What are you waiting for, “Catch the Wave!”


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Minstral Show – (Episode 057)



Welcome to Episode 57 of the Minstral Show!

An awesome lineup of music today that sails the seas of deep personal thoughts and experience featuring; Phoebe Bridgers, Kane Miller, Peter Case, JD McPherson, David Bowie, Roger Waters, Marqui Adora, David Crosby, John Lodge, Joe Bonamassa, and Great Lake Swimmers.

More than just a podcast, World United Music has emerged to bring you the best music being made in the 21st century by signed, unsigned and Independent artists.

To all the Artists, be sure to share the podcast episode with your network as it helps bring attention not only to your work but to the work of others as well. That's what the “World United Music” project is all about, bringing attention to all the artists who make great music.

The Minstral Show – (Episode 057)


SONGS:

Phoebe Bridgers – Funeral
Kane Miller – All We Need
Peter Case – Ain’t Gonna Worry No More
JD McPherson – Precious (Live)
David Bowie – Lazarus
Roger Waters – Wait for Her, Oceans Apart, Part of Me Died
Marqui Adora – Away
David Crosby – Dangerous Nights
John Lodge – Get Me Out of Here
Joe Bonamassa – Redemption
Great Lake Swimmers – Visions of a Different World


ALSO:

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The World United Music Podcast is now carried on 10 different platforms including Anchor FM, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Radio Public, Castbox, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Overcast and of course here on our World United Music Blog. New shows are uploaded every Sunday evening at 7:00 pm eastern standard time but you can also stream past shows any time you like. What are you waiting for, check out the music and “Catch the Wave!”


Monday, September 10, 2018

The Minstral Show – (Episode 056)



Welcome to Episode 56 of the Minstral Show!

Positive music with themes of love and home on today’s episode of the Minstral show featuring:  Hoobastank, The Fixators, Ivan & Alyosha, Yusuf Cat Stevens, Wheat Fields, The Greek Theatre, Saintseneca, Marqui Adora, Travel Mind Syndrome, The Nadas, Houndmouth & Chris de Burgh.

More than just a podcast, World United Music has emerged to bring you the best music being made in the 21st century by signed, unsigned and Independent artists.

To all the Artists, be sure to share the podcast episode with your network as it helps bring attention not only to your work but to the work of others as well. That's what the “World United Music” project is all about, bringing attention to all the artists who make great music.

The Minstral Show – (Episode 056)


SONGS:

Hoobastank – The Reason
The Fixators – Rust
Ivan & Alyosha – Be Your Man
Yusuf Cat Stevens – See What Love Did to Me
Wheat Fields – Let’s Play
The Greek Theatre – Still Lost at Sea
Saintseneca – Beast in the Garden
Marqui Adora – Catch the Sun
Travel Mind Syndrome – Breeze of Light
The Nadas – Feel Like Home
Houndmouth – Sedona
Chris de Burgh – Big City Sunday’s


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The World United Music Podcast is now carried on 10 different platforms including Anchor FM, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Radio Public, Castbox, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Overcast and of course here on our World United Music Blog. New shows are uploaded every Sunday evening at 7:00 pm eastern standard time but you can also stream past shows any time you like. What are you waiting for, “Catch the Wave!”


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