Surrender of Silence is the brand-new studio album from legendary guitarist Steve Hackett. As with his acoustic album from earlier this year, this too was recorded during lockdown and involving several musicians and singers contributing from around the world. Lockdown cobwebs are blown away in one fell-swoop here, says Steve With the monster rhythm section of Jonas Reingold, Craig Blundell, Nick DVirgilio and Phil Ehart along with Rob Townsends soaring sax and bass clarinet, Nad Sylvan, Amanda Lehmann and myself on vocals, Roger Kings darkly powerful organ and my guitar, we plunge full-pelt into that wild release of energy
Alongside the heaviness is that constant need to explore and blast through boundaries. Were starting to embrace life again. We cant travel everywhere just yet, but this album travels around the world from the Far East to Africa, with the beautiful vocals of Amanda plus Lorelei and Durga McBroom, Ubaidulloev Sodikhorns extraordinary dutar and Malik Mansurovs exotic tar all bound together with Rogers beautiful orchestral textures, highlighted by Christine Towsnends sublime violin and viola.