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The Elephants of Mars

Joe Satriani

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Guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani has long defined his style not just by razor-sharp chops, but also by the spirit of imagination and curiosity that shines through in his most innovative work. Recorded slowly and patiently at his home studio while the COVID-19 pandemic kept him from touring, The Elephants of Mars highlights Satriani's imaginative approach to instrumental guitar rock, twisting his already versatile guitar sounds into new forms of warped, fantastical, and often fun-loving compositions. Album-opener "Sahara" is as dust-swept as the title suggests, with a slow, broiling melodic figure switching gears to cosmic distortion tones midway through. By the end, the song has traveled from the Sahara desert to a red planet in a different solar system. Rapid shuffling through wildly varied sounds and ideas becomes a theme of the album. The frazzled, high-octane title track moves between moments of Satriani shredding over a shuffling groove and breakdowns to wobbly electronic sounds and more subdued playing. Multi-tracked, harmonized leads give the guitars of "Sailing the Seas of Ganymede" a synthy quality, and the song moves through segments of tension that break with technically dazzling solos or move into unexpected passages of space-aged funk. "Through a Mother’s Day Darkly" is cinematic and unsettled, with moments of spoken word floating over its bristling and busy arrangement. Satriani tones the exhilarated energy of the album down for the pensive "Faceless" and the misty, nostalgic atmosphere of the midtempo downtown rumination of "E 104th St NYC," while flexing his well-established gifts for power balladry on the lovely, almost Beatles-like melodies and bluesy detours of "22 Memory Lane." The Elephants of Mars is in keeping with the powerhouse technical ability Satriani has been a master of since the '80s, but the extra time he took to completely explore every idea makes the album more interesting and offers a deeper look into the guitar god's active psyche.

© Fred Thomas /TiVo

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1
Sahara
00:04:36

Joe Satriani, Composer, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Artist, MainArtist - KENNY ARONOFF, Drums, Percussion - Rai Thistlethwayte, Keyboards - Eric Caudieux, Composer, Keyboards - ASCAP, MusicPublisher - Kobalt, MusicPublisher - Strange Beautiful Music, MusicPublisher - Bryan Beller, Bass - Ned Evett, Percussion

2022 Edel Music& Entertainment GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel. 2022 Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

2
The Elephants of Mars
00:05:21

Joe Satriani, Composer, Lyricist, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Artist, MainArtist - KENNY ARONOFF, Drums, Percussion - Rai Thistlethwayte, Keyboards - Eric Caudieux, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards - ASCAP, MusicPublisher - Kobalt, MusicPublisher - Strange Beautiful Music, MusicPublisher - Bryan Beller, Bass - Ned Evett, Percussion

2022 Edel Music& Entertainment GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel. 2022 Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

3
Faceless
00:04:48

Joe Satriani, Composer, Lyricist, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Artist, MainArtist - KENNY ARONOFF, Drums, Percussion - Rai Thistlethwayte, Keyboards - Eric Caudieux, Keyboards - ASCAP, MusicPublisher - Kobalt, MusicPublisher - Strange Beautiful Music, MusicPublisher - Bryan Beller, Bass - Ned Evett, Percussion

2022 Edel Music& Entertainment GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel. 2022 Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

4
Blue Foot Groovy
00:05:09

Joe Satriani, Composer, Lyricist, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Artist, MainArtist - KENNY ARONOFF, Drums, Percussion - Rai Thistlethwayte, Keyboards - Eric Caudieux, Keyboards - ASCAP, MusicPublisher - Kobalt, MusicPublisher - Strange Beautiful Music, MusicPublisher - Bryan Beller, Bass - Ned Evett, Percussion

2022 Edel Music& Entertainment GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel. 2022 Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

5
Tension and Release
00:05:49

Joe Satriani, Composer, Lyricist, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Artist, MainArtist - KENNY ARONOFF, Drums, Percussion - Rai Thistlethwayte, Keyboards - Eric Caudieux, Keyboards - ASCAP, MusicPublisher - Kobalt, MusicPublisher - Strange Beautiful Music, MusicPublisher - Bryan Beller, Bass - Ned Evett, Percussion

2022 Edel Music& Entertainment GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel. 2022 Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

6
Sailing the Seas of Ganymede
00:05:58

Joe Satriani, Composer, Lyricist, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Artist, MainArtist - KENNY ARONOFF, Drums, Percussion - Rai Thistlethwayte, Keyboards - Eric Caudieux, Keyboards - ASCAP, MusicPublisher - Kobalt, MusicPublisher - Strange Beautiful Music, MusicPublisher - Bryan Beller, Bass - Ned Evett, Percussion

2022 Edel Music& Entertainment GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel. 2022 Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

7
Doors of Perception
00:03:17

Joe Satriani, Composer, Lyricist, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Artist, MainArtist - KENNY ARONOFF, Drums, Percussion - Rai Thistlethwayte, Keyboards - Eric Caudieux, Keyboards - ASCAP, MusicPublisher - Kobalt, MusicPublisher - Strange Beautiful Music, MusicPublisher - Bryan Beller, Bass - Ned Evett, Percussion

2022 Edel Music& Entertainment GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel. 2022 Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

8
E 104th St NYC 1973
00:05:36

Joe Satriani, Composer, Lyricist, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Artist, MainArtist - KENNY ARONOFF, Drums, Percussion - Rai Thistlethwayte, Keyboards - Eric Caudieux, Keyboards - ASCAP, MusicPublisher - Kobalt, MusicPublisher - Strange Beautiful Music, MusicPublisher - Bryan Beller, Bass - Ned Evett, Percussion

2022 Edel Music& Entertainment GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel. 2022 Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

9
Pumpin'
00:03:22

Joe Satriani, Composer, Artist, MainArtist - ASCAP, MusicPublisher - Kobalt, MusicPublisher - Strange Beautiful Music, MusicPublisher

2022 Edel Music& Entertainment GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel. 2022 earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH.

10
Dance of the Spores
00:06:19

Joe Satriani, Composer, Lyricist, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Artist, MainArtist - KENNY ARONOFF, Drums, Percussion - Rai Thistlethwayte, Keyboards - Eric Caudieux, Keyboards - ASCAP, MusicPublisher - Kobalt, MusicPublisher - Strange Beautiful Music, MusicPublisher - Bryan Beller, Bass - Ned Evett, Percussion

2022 Edel Music& Entertainment GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel. 2022 Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

11
Night Scene
00:04:33

Joe Satriani, Composer, Lyricist, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Artist, MainArtist - KENNY ARONOFF, Drums, Percussion - Rai Thistlethwayte, Keyboards - Eric Caudieux, Keyboards - ASCAP, MusicPublisher - Kobalt, MusicPublisher - Strange Beautiful Music, MusicPublisher - Bryan Beller, Bass - Ned Evett, Percussion

2022 Edel Music& Entertainment GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel. 2022 Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

12
Through a Mother's Day Darkly
00:04:12

Joe Satriani, Composer, Lyricist, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Artist, MainArtist - KENNY ARONOFF, Drums, Percussion - Rai Thistlethwayte, Keyboards - Eric Caudieux, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards - ASCAP, MusicPublisher - Kobalt, MusicPublisher - Strange Beautiful Music, MusicPublisher - Bryan Beller, Bass - Ned Evett, Composer, Lyricist, Percussion - Rinstown Music, MusicPublisher

2022 Edel Music& Entertainment GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel. 2022 Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

13
22 Memory Lane
00:04:11

Joe Satriani, Composer, Lyricist, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Artist, MainArtist - KENNY ARONOFF, Drums, Percussion - Rai Thistlethwayte, Keyboards - Eric Caudieux, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards - ASCAP, MusicPublisher - Kobalt, MusicPublisher - Strange Beautiful Music, MusicPublisher - Bryan Beller, Bass - Ned Evett, Percussion

2022 Edel Music& Entertainment GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel. 2022 Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

14
Desolation
00:03:20

Joe Satriani, Composer, Lyricist, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Artist, MainArtist - KENNY ARONOFF, Drums, Percussion - Rai Thistlethwayte, Keyboards - Eric Caudieux, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards - ASCAP, MusicPublisher - Kobalt, MusicPublisher - Strange Beautiful Music, MusicPublisher - Bryan Beller, Bass - Ned Evett, Percussion

2022 Edel Music& Entertainment GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel. 2022 Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

Album review

Guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani has long defined his style not just by razor-sharp chops, but also by the spirit of imagination and curiosity that shines through in his most innovative work. Recorded slowly and patiently at his home studio while the COVID-19 pandemic kept him from touring, The Elephants of Mars highlights Satriani's imaginative approach to instrumental guitar rock, twisting his already versatile guitar sounds into new forms of warped, fantastical, and often fun-loving compositions. Album-opener "Sahara" is as dust-swept as the title suggests, with a slow, broiling melodic figure switching gears to cosmic distortion tones midway through. By the end, the song has traveled from the Sahara desert to a red planet in a different solar system. Rapid shuffling through wildly varied sounds and ideas becomes a theme of the album. The frazzled, high-octane title track moves between moments of Satriani shredding over a shuffling groove and breakdowns to wobbly electronic sounds and more subdued playing. Multi-tracked, harmonized leads give the guitars of "Sailing the Seas of Ganymede" a synthy quality, and the song moves through segments of tension that break with technically dazzling solos or move into unexpected passages of space-aged funk. "Through a Mother’s Day Darkly" is cinematic and unsettled, with moments of spoken word floating over its bristling and busy arrangement. Satriani tones the exhilarated energy of the album down for the pensive "Faceless" and the misty, nostalgic atmosphere of the midtempo downtown rumination of "E 104th St NYC," while flexing his well-established gifts for power balladry on the lovely, almost Beatles-like melodies and bluesy detours of "22 Memory Lane." The Elephants of Mars is in keeping with the powerhouse technical ability Satriani has been a master of since the '80s, but the extra time he took to completely explore every idea makes the album more interesting and offers a deeper look into the guitar god's active psyche.

© Fred Thomas /TiVo

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