InsideOut MusicThis past week, Steve Hackett released his latest solo album, The Night Siren, an 11-song collection that finds the ex-Genesis guitarist exploring a wide variety of genres with help from a cast of musicians from across the globe.
“We’ve got Israeli and Palestinian working side by side. We’ve got people from Iceland, from Hungary, from the States, from England,” Hackett tells ABC Radio. “And really, there’s an aspect of World Music about it.”
The virtuoso guitarist says that by combining various styles of music and bringing together musicians from around the world, he’s making a statement that goes against the divisiveness that seems to be permeating today’s political landscape.
“I realized that we were making an album that was headed towards the idea of unity,” Steve points out. “And I think where politics has been failing people recently, and the politics of extremism, in a way I think music is perhaps succeeding.”
He adds, “Every genre…is welcome on this album. So there’s classical influence, there’s some jazz influence, there’s some Indian raga influence, and I’m influenced by everything from The Monkees to The Beatles to Miles Davis, really.”
The Night Siren begins with “Behind the Smoke,” an ominous-sounding song about the refugee crisis happening in various areas around the world. Book-ending the album is an anthem titled “West to East,” which Hackett describes as “a clarion call to peace.” The track features Mira Awad and Kobi Farhi, a duo that hails from Palestine and Israel, respectively, and who perform together to promote peace between their warring people.
The deluxe version of The Night Siren comes with a Blu-ray disc featuring a high-res version of the album that Steve rates as “the best surround-sound mix I’ve ever heard,” plus a making-of documentary.
For more information about the album, visit HackettSongs.com.
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