Al Di Meola has released a video of sample cuts from his forthcoming album, Elysium, a new record-in-the-making that will allows fans to go behind the scenes of the disc's creation.
The album will contain 10 to 14 new songs recorded in various locations, including his New Jersey studio.
Di Meola, who suffers from tinnitus due to excessively loud playing, favored acoustic guitar for years. He marked his return to the electric in 2006 with a performance at the Leverkusen Jazz Festival, captured on the 2007 DVD Speak a Volcano: Return to Electric Guitar. Recent albums, though, have seen him playing more acoustic guitar.
For Elysium, he will bring the electric guitar back to the fore. Many of the songs, he says, will feature his black Gibson Les Paul.
Al doesn't indicate who will be playing on the album but says it will include "a host of familiar names from my touring and recording history, as well as some surprise guests." The disc will feature "a major slant and inclusion of electric guitar, with some interesting processing layered with various acoustic guitars."
Have a listen to some samples via the video below.
For this new album, Di Meola has partnered with PledgeMusic. Anyone who pre-orders will get to see exclusive videos and photos of the recording process and have access to exclusive events and items. Some of the proceeds raised will go to the American Tinnitus Association.
Elysium is available on CD (signed or unsigned) and via digital download.
To pre-order and go behind-the-scenes of the recording sessions, visit PledgeMusic.