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Hear “The Ice Bridge,” Yes's First New Song in Seven Years

(left to right) Steve Howe, Geoff Downes and Jon Davison perform on stage with Yes on August 18, 2014 in San Diego, California
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Earlier this month, progressive rock titans Yes announced The Quest, their first album of new material since 2014's Heaven & Earth, and their first to not feature co-founding bassist Chris Squire, who died in 2015.

Now, the group – currently comprised of guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes, vocalist Jon Davison, and bassist Billy Sherwood – have premiered The Quest's first single, a seven-minute epic about climate change titled “The Ice Bridge.”

You can give the tune a spin below.

“‘The Ice Bridge’ opens the album in the dark and moody key of C minor, aided by the orchestra," Howe said of the song in a press release. "The rolling bass part kicks things into gear as the vocals and guitars start a winding journey through the various structures till the breakdown happens, where ice breaking is heard.”

Set for an October 1 release via InsideOut/Sony, The Quest was produced by Steve Howe, and can be preordered here (opens in new tab). It features 11 songs in total – 8 on the main album with 3 extra tracks on a bonus CD – and will be available physically on vinyl and 5.1 Blu-ray and CD deluxe editions. 

You can check out the album's track list and cover art below.

The cover of Yes's upcoming album, 'The Quest'

(Image credit: InsideOutMusic/Sony Music)

Yes – The Quest:

CD1:

  1. The Ice Bridge
  2. Dare To Know
  3. Minus The Man
  4. Leave Well Alone
  5. The Western Edge
  6. Future Memories
  7. Music To My Ears
  8. A Living Island 

CD2:

  1. Sister Sleeping Soul
  2. Mystery Tour
  3. Damaged World 
Jackson Maxwell
Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.