Legendary Yes guitarist Steve Howe has announced he is to release his new album ‘Love Is’ on 31 July 2020 and today the first song taken from the album has emerged on his web page.
‘Love Is’ is his first release since ‘Time’ and the new album boasts five instrumental tracks and five songs.
Howe sings lead vocals and plays electric, acoustic and steel guitars, keyboards, percussion and bass guitar on the instrumentals while Yes vocalist Jon Davison provides vocal harmonies and plays bass guitar on the vocal tracks. The album also features Dylan Howe on drums.
Steve tells us: “I called the album Love Is because it hints at the central idea that that love is important but also love of the universe and the ecology of the world is very important
“Alexander Humboldt went around the world and recognised we are destroying the planet but that was 200 years ago! We are still destroying the planet and, I suppose, my songs show the yearning I have for the love of nature and how beauty, art and music all stem from nature.
“There is a theme about those things, love, beauty, ecology, nature and wonderful people.”
As for the contribution of Jon Davison, Howe continues: “I invited Jon Davison to sing harmonies with me and add bass on the songs. If he was singing on the songs I thought why doesn’t he play bass as well and it turned out nice.
“He’s been with Yes for seven or eight years and he’s a great guy, great performer and a great interpreter of Yes songs.
“I’ve been singing for years, mainly in harmony but I’ve sung lead on lots of my own albums before and I feel that, as I’ve got older, I’ve got a grip on that and, hopefully, it’s improved over the years.”
The new song is also available here.
1 Fulcrum (instrumental)
2 See Me Through
3 Beyond The Call (instrumental)
4 Love Is A River
5 Sound Picture (instrumental)
6 It Ain’t Easy
7 Pause For Thought (instrumental)
9 The Headlands (instrumental)
10 On The Balcony