By Anita Stewart, Managing Editor
New Single Release: “Shoshana Sleeping”
Release Date: November 5, 2021
Well how long have we Tull fans been waiting for new music? Eighteen years! This single is the first one released from the epic band Jethro Tull’s upcoming album and it is a dark, mysterious love song with the band’s distinctive sound accented by the trills of the flute and impressive guitar riffs, of Shakespearean-like poetry and sonnet-type lyrics of love and dare I say lust? The accompanying video is in black and white and adds to the somewhat somber intrigue of the video. Along with this single release Jethro Tull is also announcing the band’s new, 12-track full length LP “The Zealot Gene” scheduled for a January 28, 2022 release date.
This band has cut over 30 albums and sold more than 50 million, Jethro Tull are one of the most successful rock bands of today. The band is fronted by Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull still continues to tour globally and maintain a huge fan base of all ages.
For those younger people, Jethro Tull was the band we emulated as classical music students back in the 70’s. Almost all of the music people I knew and hung with (students and even teachers of classical music, music theory and even rock and roll bands and sometimes all of the above) loved Jethro Tull who created music called art-rock, folk rock and all kinds of varied genres that we don’t use much today. Today, it is near to impossible to pigeonhole the music of this band.
The song opens in the video with the flute and the lead guitar, inter-playing off of each other. The video tells the story through visuals of a beautiful woman, a white stone or salt figure and actors who are masked watching a shadow play presentation with figurines held up to the light against a wall in a dark cavernous room. Another constant symbol is the black hole that the viewer keeps entering to get into a different dimension, perhaps? And then there is the moving shadow of the cage and a caged bird. At the end it looks like Shoshana is being burned at the stake as a witch. Very other-worldly, the story is being told through these symbols, the music and the poetic lyrics.
Rock at Night says: “This is an incredible piece of classical music, classic rock, bardic, even Celtic with mysterious, somber, Gothic visuals in the accompanying video. Add in the lead guitar and the flute and their intertwining harmonies that provide the main harmonic line. This song is absolutely beautiful with an amazing hook that will keep repeating in my head! An epic song from an epic band, this is a teaser for the upcoming full length album that we here at Rock at Night can’t wait to hear!”