New album planned for 2022
Jethro Tull has announced details for the group’s first studio album of new material in over 18 years! Originally making headlines in March this year, the group’s latest offering, titled The Zealot Gene, will see a release on January 28, 2022 on Inside Out Music. The band released the album’s first single, “Shoshana Sleeping”, accompanied by a stunning visual created by Thomas Hicks.
A record that began to emerge in 2017, The zealot gene, in many ways, seeks to defy convention at a time when the profession of touring and recording artist has never faced more uncertainties. Tull’s conductor Ian Anderson has no reservations about the role myth and biblical storytelling themes play in the lyrical content of the new album, saying:
“While I have a real fondness for the pomp and fairy-tale storytelling of the holy book, I still feel the need to question and draw sometimes ungodly parallels from the text,” Anderson shares. “The good, the bad and the downright ugly rearing their heads everywhere, but are punctuated with elements of love, respect and tenderness. “
Look back at the shattering disruption of the coronavirus pandemic, which ultimately ended the group’s tour plans and hopes for a 2020 release for The zealot geneAnderson shares, “It was so sudden. Amid concerns and warnings from the scientific community and a few more enlightened politicians, we have all retreated in disbelief into our homes to wait for the storm to end.
The project will be offered in multiple configurations including a special edition digipak CD, gatefold 2 LP vinyl with CD, Limited 2 CD / Blu-ray Artbook, and Limited Deluxe 3 LP / 2 CD / Blu-ray artwork. . Both editions of the art book feature a second CD of demos and initial ideas, along with extended sleeve notes and an interview with Anderson by Tim Bowness. The Deluxe 3 LP / 2 CD / Blu-ray Artbook comes on white vinyl and includes a third LP with raw demos, slipmat and a numbered art print. Exclusive packs with red LPs available through the Jethro Tull online shop.
1. Mrs. Tibbets
2. The Tales of Jacob
3. Mine is the mountain
4. The zealot gene
5. Shoshana sleep
6. Sisters of the sad city
7. Barren Beth, Wild Desert John
8. The betrayal of Joshua Kynde
9. Where did Saturday go?
10. Three loves, three
11. In brief Visit
12. The fisherman of Ephesus