He describes the work as “more aggressive” than his last outing, Thick As A Brick 2, and says it’s likely to appear next spring.
He surprised fans by launching TAAB2 in his own name, even though the 1972 classic was billed as a Tull record, and last year reported he didn’t know whether the band entity had a future.
Now he says: “A new album is in the works for recording in December-January. The release of this concept album – no, I am not going to tell you the title – is scheduled for Easter 2014.
“Tours throughout 2014, beginning with the UK tour starting in late April, will feature this new material, together with a selection of the best of Jethro Tull.
“‘Is this to be an Ian Anderson album or a Jethro Tull album?’ I hear you ask. ‘Not sure, really,’ I reply, somewhat evasively…”
The demos were recorded in February, and he only needs to complete work on lyrics. “It’s set in a more aggressive style than TAAB2,” he reports. “Much less acoustic guitar, more flute and heavier guitar sounds. Folk-prog-metal, you might say if you were desperately searching for a descriptive term.
“There are lots of dynamics and varied tempos and keys throughout its 55 minutes. I knew exactly what I am doing – but then again, knowing me (as I am learning to do), I might just scrap it all and start afresh.”
Anderson brought his Thick As A Brick tour, featuring both the original album and its follow-up, to the Albert Hall last month.
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