Elemental Journey

Proper Records
Release date
28 May 2012
Running length
11 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Gaia Tribe 5:08 1,908
2 For You And Forever 4:02 1,694
3 Heavy Heart Rising 4:02 1,567
4 Wonderide 3:33 1,332
5 Passionola 5:22 1,165
6 Letting Go 3:23 1,115
7 Elemental Journey 4:09 1,086
8 Brave New Girl 4:58 946
9 Forgotten Story 3:33 881
10 Reckless Beauty 3:24 893
11 Opening Sky 3:48 851

About this album

CD / Landfall Rec / Release: 22 May 2012 Sonny Landreth www.sonnylandreth.com the Louisiana slide guitar wizard releases his 11th album on the 28th May. Elemental Journey is something completely different, his first all-instrumental outing and his most adventurous work to date, it features guest stars handpicked by Landreth himself, including Joe Satriani who delivers an astonishing solo on track one, and Eric Johnson. The album blossoms with unexpected yet seamless juxtapositions with Spanish atmospherics enwrapped with visceral bursts of rock and jazz, along with Jamaican inspired grooves and Zydeco romancing classical.

“From day one on the guitar, many genres of music have had an impact on me” says Landreth. “For these recordings, I drew from some of those influences that I hadn’t gone to on previous albums with my vocals. Trading off the lyrics this time, I focused solely on the instrumental side and all this music poured out. Then I asked some extraordinary musicians to help me layer the tracks in hopes of inspiring a lot of imagery for the listeners.”

Like its predecessor, From the Reach (2008), Elemental Journey features guest stars, in this case handpicked by Landreth for what each could bring to a particular aural canvas. Joe Satriani delivers an astonishing, ferocious solo on the audacious opener “Gaia Tribe,” the returning virtuoso Eric Johnson casts his seductive spell on the dusky dreamscape “Passionola” and steel drum master Robert Greenidge brings his magical overtones to the balmy, swaying “Forgotten Story.”

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