Transatlantic, the band featuring Neal Morse (ex-Spock’s Beard), Roine Stolt (Kaipa, The Flower Kings), Pete Trewavas (Marillion) and Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater), will release their first new album in seven years The Absolute Universe on February 5. The band is now streaming „Overture / Reaching For The Sky“ which you can check out below.
„‚Reaching For The Sky‘ is the first single off Transatlantic’s latest magnum opus The Absolute Universe,“ said Portnoy. „It’s a great introduction to this epic album as it sets the tone in traditional Transatlantic style: preceded on the album by an extended instrumental overture and then launching into this upbeat first song.
„I love that it features one of my favorite qualities of the band in the sharing of the lead vocals…in this case: Neal singing lead on Verse 1, myself singing lead on Verse 2, Pete and Neal sharing the chorus with myself and Roine on backups and Neal taking the glorious bridge… all leading to Roine’s distinctive guitar solo. Also interesting is that this version exclusively appears on the Abridged 1CD Version of TA5 (The Breath Of Life) while the Extended 2CD Version of TA5 (Forevermore) opens with the alternate version ‚Heart Like A Whirlwind‘ which has different lead vocals and lyrics.“
Both the abridged version and the double album version of The Absolute Universe are available here.
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