Transatlantic Launch Video For ‘Looking For The Light’, Third Single From ‘The Absolute Universe’

Transatlantic – the Prog Supergroup of Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy, Roine Stolt & Pete Trewavas – are pleased to announce their fifth studio album ‘The Absolute Universe’, set for release on the 5th February 2021. Representing the band’s first new music since 2014’s ‘Kaleidoscope’, with ‘The Absolute Universe’ the band have done something unique and created two versions of the record: ‘The Absolute Universe: The Breath Of Life (Abridged Version)’ & ‘The Absolute Universe: Forevermore (Extended Version)’.

The band have launched the video for ‘Looking For The Light’, a track which features on both versions of ‘The Absolute Universe’.

Mike Portnoy comments: “Looking For The Light‘ is one of the heavier tracks on ‘The Absolute Universe‘. In the tradition of Transatlantic sharing all lead vocals, this track gave me my showcase to deliver the lead vocals as it called for a bit more of an aggressive approach. 

This is one of the few tracks that remains primarily the same and appears on both versions of the album. However not content to keep it simple, the version included on the music video is actually a unique version which combines both ‘Looking For The Light‘ and its ‘Reprise‘ from later in the album into one combined version available only here in this video.

Watch the previously released video for ‘The World We Used To Know’: Here

Watch the previously released video for ‘Overture/Reaching For The Sky’: Here

Each album will be available on CD, LP & Digitally. But there will also be what has been called ‘The Absolute Universe: The Ultimate Edition’, which collects both versions together in one lavish package that includes 5LP’s, 3CD’s & a Blu-ray that contains a 5.1 surround sound mix with visuals & a behind the scenes documentary. All editions have unique artwork created by Thomas Ewerhard. The full list of formats is below, and pre-orders start on the 20th November:

The Absolute Universe: The Breath Of Life (Abridged Version)

Special Edition CD Digipak

Gatefold 2LP+CD

Digital Album

The Absolute Universe: Forevermore (Extended Version)

Special Edition 2CD Digipak

3LP+2CD Boxset

Digital Album

The Absolute Universe: The Ultimate Edition

Limited Deluxe Clear 5LP+3CD+Blu-Ray Box-set – contained within a foil-finished lift-off box with extended 16-page LP booklet & 60x60cm poster

The full list of formats is below, and you can pre-order now: Here

The Absolute Universe: The Breath Of Life (Abridged Version)

Available as:

Single CD Edition, Gatefold 2LP+CD, or Digital Album

Track-listing:

  1. Overture
  2. Reaching For The Sky
  3. Higher Than The Morning
  4. The Darkness In The Light
  5. Take Now My Soul
  6. Looking For The Light
  7. Love Made  A Way (Prelude)
  8. Owl Howl
  9. Solitude
  10. Belong
  11. Can You Feel It
  12. Looking For The Light (Reprise)
  13. The Greatest Story Never Ends
  14. Love Made A Way

The Absolute Universe: Forevermore (Extended Version)
Available as:
2CD Edition, 3LP+2CD Boxset, or Digital Album

Track-listing:

Disc 1:

  1. Overture
  2. Heart Like A Whirlwind
  3. Higher Than The Morning
  4. The Darkness In The Light
  5. Swing High, Swing Low
  6. Bully
  7. Rainbow Sky
  8. Looking For The Light
  9. The World We Used To Know

Disc 2:

  1. The Sun Comes Up Today
  2. Love Made A Way (Prelude)
  3. Owl Howl
  4. Solitude
  5. Belong
  6. Lonesome Rebel
  7. Looking For The Light (Reprise)
  8. The Greatest Story Never Ends
  9. Love Made A Way

The Absolute Universe: The Ultimate Edition

Limited Deluxe Clear 5LP+3CD+Blu-Ray Box-set – contained within a foil-finished lift-off box with extended 16-page LP booklet & 60x60cm poster. Includes both versions of the album over 5LP’s and 3CD’s, plus a Blu-Ray with 5.1 mix & documentary. Watch the trailer for the box: Here

Blu-Ray Track-listing:

  1. Overture (5.1 Surround Mix)
  2. Reaching For The Sky (5.1 Surround Mix)
  3. Higher Than The Morning (5.1 Surround Mix)
  4. The Darkness In The Light (5.1 Surround Mix)
  5. Take Now My Soul (5.1 Surround Mix)
  6. Bully (5.1 Surround Mix)
  7. Rainbow Sky (5.1 Surround Mix)
  8. Looking For The Light (5.1 Surround Mix)
  9. The World We Used To Know (5.1 Surround Mix)
  10. The Sun Comes Up Today (5.1 Surround Mix)
  11. Love Made A Way (Prelude) (5.1 Surround Mix)
  12. Owl Howl (5.1 Surround Mix)
  13. Solitude (5.1 Surround Mix)
  14. Belong (5.1 Surround Mix)
  15. Lonesome Rebel (5.1 Surround Mix)
  16. Can You Feel It (5.1 Surround Mix)
  17. Looking For The Light (Reprise) (5.1 Surround Mix)
  18. The Greatest Story Never Ends (5.1 Surround Mix)
  19. Love Made A Way (5.1 Surround Mix)
  20. The Making of The Absolute Universe (Documentary)

Initial tracking began in September 2019 when the band met up in Sweden to write and arrange the new material. As Portnoy explains: “Over a period of 10-14 days, we mapped out the songs. Then we all went back to our home studios and did the recording. That’s the way we always do it. At one point, though, it was suggested that instead of doing what was by that time going to be a double album, we should just be content to do a single CD.

What happened was that everything kept expanding and expanding,” recalls Stolt. “Therefore we decided it made sense to make it a double album. It was Pete and Neal who then came out and said they felt this would be too long, and we should reduce it to one…But we were already recording, and it didn’t seem feasible to cut it back. There were so many pieces that each of us loved in what we were planning and didn’t want to lose. That’s when we ended up in discussions over the best way forward.

This album also marks a return to the concept album for Transatlantic. “Well, the idea of Transatlantic deciding to do a concept record this time around won’t shock anyone, right?” laughs Portnoy. “What we have is essentially one giant composition, split into chapters. The storyline is about the struggles facing everyone in society today.” “We didn’t start out with the idea of this being conceptual,” admits Stolt. “The way things work with us is that we have a load of ideas, and these are developed spontaneously when we meet up. Everything happens in the moment.

So, how does this new ground-breaking album compare to Transatlantic‘s previous four albums?

I always try not to compare albums as much as possible,” insists Morse. “It’s very difficult when you’re trying to be creative, because your natural instinct is to constantly compare. But in order to create you have to kind of step away from that. Having said that, I would say this would have more in common with ‘The Whirlwind‘ album  (the band’s third, from 2009) than others that we’ve created.” For Trewavas, ‘The Absolute Universe‘ is a momentous project.

I think it is right up there with the very finest albums we’ve done. As the others have said, it compares very well to ‘The Whirlwind‘, which I believe represents Transatlantic at our best. As on that album, we took our time to write and arrange everything, and that shines through. I am very excited for people to hear it.

Transatlantic were originally formed in 1999, releasing their debut album ‘SMTPe’ the following year as well as its follow-up ‘Bridge Across Forever’ in 2001. Following a 7-year hiatus, the band reconvened to record and release the much-acclaimed epic 77-minute, single-track album ‘The Whirlwind’ followed by a world tour in 2010 which included an appearance at High Voltage Festival in London where they were joined by legendary Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett. The band’s fourth album ‘Kaleidoscope’ arrived in 2014, going on to win ‘Album Of The Year’ at the Progressive Music Awards.

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