Pat Metheny announces new solo guitar album MoonDial

Pat Metheny
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Grammy Award-winning fusion guitarist Pat Metheny has announced that he will release his latest album, MoonDial, through BG Records on July 26. You can listen to the title track below.

Like Metheny's previous recordings One Quiet Night (2003) and What’s It All About (2011), MoonDial is purely a solo guitar record with no overdubs, recorded on baritone guitar. The album also features Metheny's takes on Chick Corea’s You’re Everything, Lennon and McCartney’s Here, There and Everywhere, Matt Dennis’ Angel Eyes and Everything Happens To Me (the latter combined with Leonard Bernstein’s Somewhere).

"[Last fall’s tour] represented not just the sound and vibe of the Dream Box release, but really was an opportunity for me to look at all the other ways I have released records and done occasional performances in a solo setting across the years," Metheny explains. "Each one of those solo recordings, and Dream Box as well, are unlike the others. The idea for me is to try to keep coming up with different angles and ways of thinking about music while hopefully keeping a fundamental aesthetic at work in all of it. In other words, to continue the research.

"For the 50+ concerts I just finished, I introduced this new instrument and this new sound. At first it was just one tune. Then two. By the time the tour was over, the new nylon-string Baritone guitar could be twenty or twenty-five minutes of the whole concert."

Metheny is currently on tour across the United States and will be touring Europe in October and November, although sadly no UK dates have been announced for this run.

Pre-order MoonDial.

Pat Metheny

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Pat Metheny: Moondial
1. MoonDial
2. La Crosse
3. You’re Everything
4. Here, There and Everywhere
5. We Can’t See It, But It’s There
6. Falcon Love
7. Everything Happens To Me/Somewhere
8. Londonderry Air
9. This Belongs To You
10. Shōga
11. My Love And I
12. Angel Eyes
13. MoonDial (epilogue)

Jerry Ewing

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.