Jethro Tull has completed work on the recording of their 23rd studio album. The follow-up to the very well-received The Zealot Gene will be released in Spring 2023, later than planned, due to global vinyl pressing issues.
“We have been putting the finishing touches to the artwork for the album cover and wrapped up the recording and mixing a few weeks ago,” Ian Anderson told MetalTalk. “Due to the usual long wait for vinyl pressing and manufacturing, we are scheduled for a Spring 2023 release, but, during the weeks and months to come, you will be hearing more about the record and the various formats which will be available.”
The Zealot Gene was five years in the making and was described by MetalTalk as what any music fan craves – a well-thought-through concept album, with the time taken to perfect the details and recorded superbly.
The process for this new album is similar to that with The Zealot Gene. “I wrote the main themes and lyrics back in January of this year,” Anderson says, “and sent the first demos to the band in February and March, much as I did with The Zealot Gene back in 2017. Most of the recording took place in June and August, with the stereo mixing done in September. My new pal Bruce Soord of The Pineapple Thief undertook to create the surround sound mixes and an alternative stereo mix too.”
For the time being, the new album’s title remains a mystery. “It’s a little too early just yet to tease you with titles, tracklists and content,” Anderson says, “but rest assured that it is all done and dusted as to mastering and the main elements of art and packaging. I hope you will like the concept and themes when I am ready to tell you more.
“It has been a long and tricky job to get the material recorded during a hectic schedule of touring in these last months. A day here, a day there and the odd burst of a few days together at some points along the way.”