Having sprung to fame as lead engineer credited with having
an impact on the sound of Pink Floyd’s iconic Dark Side Of The Moon in 1973, Alan Parsons has progressed over the
course of 46 years.
From heading up the powerhouse progressive rock project The
Alan Parsons Project dropped a string of hit albums, before the ‘project’ label
was dropped and Parsons’ style became even more varied. His last album A Valid Path is soon to be 15 years old
and is a venture into electronica, while The
Secret continues to blend genres, with a return to his more traditional progressive,
In preparation for the album, dropping April 26th,
2019, Parsons has unveiled the lead single from the album, ‘Miracle’,
recorded alongside iconic pop singer Jason Mraz. While they were never in the same
studio at the same time, Mraz has a long standing connection to Parsons, stating
‘’Eye In The Sky’ is a song I have a very
early memory of, strapped in the backseat of my mom’s green Fiat, 1982. Alan
Parsons is on the radio and I’m singing along, harmonizing. That sound of rich
harmony over magical words would stick with me for my whole life and ultimately
become what my own career is about, trying to solve universal quandaries
through song craft’.
Other than Mraz’s appearance on ‘Miracle’, the album sees an
appearance from ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett (an interview with whom, you
can see here!), as well as virtuosic ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro. Parsons
himself contributes vocals, guitars and keys throughout, as well as conducting the
strings of the Music Recording Orchestra Of Hollywood.
The band’s US tour continues from now until late June, while
The Secret will be out on April 26th.
Be on the lookout for GIGsoup’s review!