Rock Masters Yes' First Single in a Decade
Fans of the most successful prog-rock band “Yes” are in for a treat, and anyone who is unfamiliar with the band first formed 43 years ago will hopefully now know why we call them “Yes”.
The pioneers have just released their first single in a decade, with the album of the same name to be released in Japan on the 22nd of June, then in Europe and then America.
“Fly From Here” is a symphony in 6-parts and is taken from a piece written 30-years ago with then-singer Trevor Horn, also of Buggles fame. Although played live, it was left off the album Drama, and now that Trevor Horn has returned to produce this latest Yes album, the piece has been revived.
Drama, indeed. The single of the symphony version of “Fly From Here”, which can be listened to exclusively on Rolling Stone here, is a Spitfire of a flyer, showing elements of what will be a complicated but brilliant symphony piece: a requirement for a virtuoso performance by the pilots; elegance; dexterity; and music that, for synesthetes, like myself, will pass through you exuding flying colours, expression meant in many ways than one. And if you haven’t experienced synesthesia before, you might do now.
It is the first outing for Benoit David, former front-man of Yes-cover-band ‘Close to the Edge’, and, putting it loosely the way my dad expressed it upon first hearing of David’s current replacement of Jon Anderson: it’s like Jon Anderson, but through another body.
David’s vocals are crystalline, convivial, majestic and mysterious, and work with the rest of the Yes music to produce sounds that soar up to those “cold white peaks of art”, as Clive Bell called masterpieces of art that generation to generation are willing to travel up to experience some of the most exuberant feelings that can possibly be felt.Continued on the next page