Friday, March 10, 2023

Yes preview new album Mirror To The Sky

Yes is streaming “Cut From The Stars” as the lead track and first preview to their newly-announced forthcoming album, “Mirror To The Sky.”

Due May 19, the group’s 23rd studio set was produced by guitarist Steve Howe and grew out of ideas initially formed in sync with sessions for 2021’s “The Quest.”

As they were wrapping up that project, Yes found themselves with song sketches, structures, and ideas that were demanding attention.

"There was a lot of material floating around because the band hadn't done anything in the studio for so long. Ideas were just copious," says bassist Billy Sherwood. "The pace of it was fast. As soon as we were finished with ‘The Quest’, and the mix had come out, we took a couple of little breaks there to catch our breath. But there was still music flowing around in the loop. It was just constantly being looked at and worked on. As we were all home and in that mode, things started progressing quite swiftly. We just went one album into another without really announcing, 'Hey, we're working on a second record right now.' We just continued to work on material. It came about pretty naturally, and then we refined it as the process went on. But the initial bursts-there was a lot of material around!"

"This is a very important album for the band,"
explains Howe. "We kept the continuity in the approach we established on ‘The Quest’, but we haven't repeated ourselves. That was the main thing. As Yes did in the seventies 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."

For Yes, that "next thing" is a collection of high energy, intricate, lush and layered new studio songs for an album which adds to the band's legacy, while charting a path forward.

“Mirror To The Sky” will be available in several formats – all featuring artwork by long-time Yes artist and collaborator Roger Dean – including Ltd Deluxe Electric Blue 2LP+2CD+Blu-ray Artbook with poster, Ltd Deluxe 2CD+Blu-ray Artbook, Ltd 2CD Digipak, Standard CD Jewel case, Gatefold 2LP+LP-Booklet, and Digital Album; the Blu-ray editions include the album as Dolby Atmos, 5.1 Surround Sound, Instrumental Versions & Hi-Res Stereo Mixes.

Yes will launch the Album Series 2023 Tour featuring their 1974 “Relayer” album in its entirety together with a selection of other classic favorites in Lisbon, Portugal on May 7.

Get your copy of “Cut From The Stars” here and pick up “Classic Yes” here.

“Mirror To The Sky”

Release date: May 19

01 - Cut From The Stars
02 - All Connected
03 - Luminosity
04 - Living Out Their Dream
05 - Mirror to the Sky
06 - Circles of Time
07 - Unknown Place
08 - One Second Is Enough
09 - Magic Potion

See also:

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Yes sell Atlantic Records catalog to Warner Music Group
Yes announce Close To The Edge 50th anniversary US Tour
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