Steve Vai will release The Story of Light, a new solo album of original material, on August 14. The 12-song set continues a conceptual narrative arc begun on his 2005 album Real Illusions: Reflections. The Story of Light follows the journey of a man driven mad by grief, intertwining tragedy, revelation, enlightenment, and redemption. Although it is largely instrumental, the album does feature guest vocalists including singer-songwriter Aimee Mann and Beverly McClellan, a season one finalist on The Voice.
Looking ahead, Vai envisions a third set of songs that will unravel the mysteries and reveal truths that swirl through both The Story of Light and Real Illusions: Reflections. The completed trilogy, intended to be cinematic—even operatic—in scope, will include lyrics and narration.
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