Today, Joe Satriani posted the premiere of “If There Is No Heaven,” a brand-new track from his forthcoming album, and 15th solo disc, Shockwave Supernova.
Though the song is an instrumental, Satch says there is an emotional subtext embedded in the music.
“This is about doubting, doubting everything, including life after death,” he told WSJ.com. “The intro and outro are soundtracks to feeling lost and adrift. The body of the song reflects how one would struggle to accept such an idea that we are all ‘here’ for just a short time and then gone.”
In addition to “If There Is No Heaven,” Satch will premiere another new song today, “Music Without Words,” which he cowrote with Robin DiMaggio, music director for the United Nations. The song—which, contrary to its title, does include vocals, provided by California Bay-area singer Ms. Monét—will debut at the Annual Presidential General Assembly of the UN 69th Session Gala in New York City.
Satriani previously released a preview video for the Shockwave Supernova track “On Peregrine Wings.” Shockwave Supernova is out July 24 on Sony Music and is available for pre-order from Amazon.