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Lazuli announce they'll release a new acoustic album

Lazuli
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French prog rockers Lazuli have announced they are working on a new album for release in 2021. The new album will be an acoustic release, featuring re-recordings of material from their back catalogue

"Like a gift of new year, we are currently recording a new 'acoustic' album, stripped versions of songs picked up from our eight first albums, the band announced in a comment on their Facebook page earlier. "A kind of lockdown album, a parenthesis. We can’t wait presenting it to you… as much as meeting you again on stage."

Lazuli released their latest album, Le Fantastique Envol de Dieter Böhm, last year. In July they announced that long-standing guitarist Gédéric Byar had left the band. He was replaced by fellow Frenchan Arnaud Beyney, who plays with M. A. N.  with Lazuli’s multi-instrumentalist Romain Thorel.

“Arnaud is an excellent musician but not only that, he is a beautiful human being as well," adds Leonetti. "His energy and his smile have lifted our spirits. Ged is unique, so is Arnaud; two really different musicians, so no comparison will be possible.”

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.