Joe Satriani has released the second single from his highly anticipated studio album The Elephants of Mars.
Due for release on April 8, 2022, via earMUSIC this expansive psychedelic sci-fi exploration is the guitarist’s 19th studio LP to date.
Steeped in melodic melancholia, "Faceless" – the third track on The Elephants of Mars – is an instrumental depiction of loneliness and isolation.
"It's about when the person you want to see you for who you really are, doesn’t seem to recognize you,” commented Satriani.
“It’s also a comment on a society where people are truly knowing each other less and less, being separated by their differences rather than being united for their shared hopes and dreams.
“The solo section represents one’s true self finally breaking free.”
An ambitious artist by nature, Satriani hopes The Elephants of Mars will raise the bar for instrumental electric guitar albums.
“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,” said the guitarist.
Among the Elephants of Mars releases is a limited-edition Digipak CD featuring seven double sided cards of original artwork created by Satriani representing each song from the album.
Additionally, a number of colored vinyl will be available including options in pink, purple and orange.
You can pre-order Joe Satriani’s new album The Elephants of Mars here.
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