Steve Vai To Release New Album “Inviolate” In January, Shares New Song “Little Pretty”

Steve Vai has announced that he will be releasing a new album, titled “Inviolate,” on January 28 (vinyl out March 18). Here’s the cover art and track listing:

“Inviolate” Track Listing:

01. “Teeth Of The Hydra”
02. “Zeus In Chains”
03. “Little Pretty”
04. “Candle Power”
05. “Apollo In Color”
06. “Avalancha”
07. “Greenish Blues”
08. “Knappsack”
09. “Sandman Cloud Mist”

Vai said the following about the record:

“I don’t sit around and say, ‘Okay, what can I do now that pushes the boundaries? What I do say to myself is, ‘Okay, Vai – what are you going to do now that’s going to interest you, that’s going to fascinate you, and that’s different than anything you’ve done before?'”

“It’s very ‘Vai,’ whatever that means. Someone else might be better than me at explaining what that is. But it’s just very honest music. Because a lot of my records, they’re long and there’s a lot of concepts and playing around with stories. This one has none of that. This is nine pretty dense all-instrumental compositions that I wanted to capture and record so I could get out there and play them live for people.”

“One of the great things about the guitar is you don’t need to be a virtuoso to express your creative vision. I mean, Bob Dylan plays the guitar perfectly well for his expression. So does John McLaughlin. You just need to decide how much technique you want or need to get there. For myself, I came out of the chute wanting and needing it all. When it comes to my music, I don’t feel like I have to prove anything or conform to anything. I just love to think up creative ideas, and then use whatever skill I have to manifest them.”

“An inviolate inspiration is one that comes to you completely pure. It appears almost in its completeness, and there’s a recognition of it as being right for you – perfectly right for you. There’s no excuses in it. There’s no fantasy in it. There’s just a recognition of ‘yes.’ And then you capture that in a way that’s authentic to your unique creativity. Hopefully, that’s what I’ve done with this record.”

A new song from the album, titled “Little Pretty,” can be found below. That track was played on a Gretsch hollow body guitar. Vai said the following about that:

“It’s on the wall with all the other guitars, and I’d always just look at it and go, ‘One day I’m going to play you…’ In writing the chord changes for the solo section, and the solo itself, I dug deep into my academic music theory mind to create a set of chord changes where the harmonic atmosphere shifted on every change. The dense chord structures required a series of synthetic modes to navigate. This approach is along the lines of jazz and fusion players, but I knew I did not want it to sound anything like that and the solo had to be totally melodic. The results were pretty powerful in that the entire solo section evokes melodic atmospheric changes that shift dramatically but work together well.”

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