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Watch Joe Satriani’s Mesmerizing "Sahara" Music Video

Joe Satriani
(Image credit: Eduardo Peña Dolhun)

Joe Satriani’s latest studio album – The Elephants of Mars – will hit the shelves this Spring a press release confirmed earlier today. The news comes as a hypnotic music video directed by his son, Z.Z. Satriani (opens in new tab), for the lead single “Sahara” was unveiled on YouTube.

The Elephants of Mars is the guitar wizard’s 19th studio effort in a career spanning 35-plus years and is due to be released on April 8th via earMusic.

The Elephants of Mars is available to pre-order now (opens in new tab)

In addition to regular CD and vinyl releases fans can also look forward to a special CD digi-pak containing seven double-sided cards of 14 original artworks created by Satriani himself, as well as a number of colored vinyl options including purple, pink and orange.

Joe Satriani

(Image credit: Eduardo Peña Dolhun)

With the pandemic dictating alternative approaches to recording in recent times The Elephants of Mars represents a unique point in the life of one of the music world’s most revered electric guitar virtuosos. 

“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,” commented Satriani.

“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.”

The Elephants of Mars is Satriani’s solo album debut on the earMUSIC (opens in new tab) label – home of fellow guitar luminaries Al Di Meola, Phil Manzanera, Paul Gilbert and Robben Ford. 

earMUSIC (opens in new tab) general manager Max Vaccaro had this to say: "It is with great joy and sense of responsibility that […] we welcome Joe for his first solo work with earMUSIC. We thank him for having written and recorded very special music that will make a lot of fans happy, and we like to think this will be the first of many great albums to come.”

Joe Satriani 'The Elephants of Mars' album artwork

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Pre-order The Elephants of Mars by Joe Satriani here (opens in new tab).

Browse the Joe Satriani catalog here (opens in new tab).

Rod Brakes is a music writer with an expertise in all things guitar-related. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a journalist covering artists, industry pros and gear includes writing hundreds of articles and features for the likes of Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar World, Guitar Player and MusicRadar, as well as contributions for specialist books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.