Joe Satriani Announces ‘The Elephants of Mars’ Album; Shares “Sahara” Video Directed by His Son, ZZ Satriani

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Guitar wizard Joe Satriani will release a new record titled The Elephants of Mars on April 8. “Satch” dropped the big announcement on Wednesday, and previewed his 19th studio album (and first since 2020’s Shapeshifting) with a music video for is opening track, a song called “Sahara.”

The video was directed by Satriani’s son, filmmaker/director ZZ Satriani, giving the affair a double-dose of family flair:

Full credits for the song/video:

Video by ZZ Satriani
Producer: Gabe Ruimy
Camera Assistant: Aaron Gallagher

Guitar: Joe Satriani
Drums: Kenny Aronoff
Bass: Bryan Beller
Keyboard/Cümbüş/Oud: Eric Caudieux

The Elephants of Mars will be Satriani’s first album in his new partnership with earMUSIC. A news release describes the creative process behind the record:

Joe Satriani had an admirably productive workingman’s holiday, with pandemic forced time away from the road, that ultimately gave 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 Elephants of Mars crackles with an exciting new energy, briskly traveling through stylistic roads that feel freshly updated, viewed through new eyes.

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 terms 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.”

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And its track listing:

The Elephants Of Mars
Blue Foot Groovy
Tension And Release
Sailing The Seas Of Ganymede
Doors Of Perception
E 104th St NYC 1973
Dance Of The Spores
Night Scene
Through A Mother’s Day Darkly
22 Memory Lane

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