Last week, prog rock legends Yes unveiled their 23rd studio album, Mirror to the Sky. This week, the band has announced a new animated lyric video accompanying the record’s third single, “Circles of Time.”
“This is a very important album for the band,” says Yes’s longest-serving member and producer of Mirror to the Sky, Steve Howe.
Having replaced founding guitarist Peter Banks in 1970, Howe made his first appearance on a Yes long-player in 1971 with The Yes Album. The band virtually defined the prog rock genre in the early ‘70s, while Howe’s solo acoustic instrumental “Clap” on the LP showcased his creative diversity as a guitar player.
Diversity, virtuosity and a daring approach to music-making are hallmarks of the Yes catalog. And it appears the group are intent on keeping things moving forward. Having built up creative momentum during the making of 2021’s The Quest album, Yes rode a wave of creativity onto new shores with their latest effort.
“We kept the continuity in the approach we established on The Quest, but we haven’t repeated ourselves. That was the main thing,” explains Howe.
“As Yes did in the ‘70s from one album to another, we’re growing and moving forward. In later years, Yes often got going but then didn’t do the next thing. This album is demonstrative of us growing and building again.”
“I feel like everyone’s focused inward to the greater circle, concentric to the core of highest standards that define Yes,” elaborates vocalist Jon Davison. “It’s a wonderful thing to witness and of which to play a part.
“I believe this reflects vibrantly in the music and the creative input that each one is willing to apply, not for the benefit of the individual, but for the greater whole that is Yes.”
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Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar World, Guitar Player and MusicRadar in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.
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