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Taken from Goldmine Magazine (Feb 22, 2023)

See Jethro Tull's new music video about Norse god of wealth, fertility and the sea

Jethro Tull launched the second single from their upcoming RökFlöte album, 'The Navigators'.

by Goldmine Staff

JETHRO TULL in Nov 2022
JETHRO TULL in Nov 2022

Jethro Tull launched the second single from their upcoming RökFlöte album, "The Navigators." Appearing as a special single edit version, mixed by Bruce Soord (The Pineapple Thief), you can watch the video (created by Christian Rios) below. The lyrics for the track "The Navigator" explored the Norse god Njord, who was the god of wealth, fertility, the sea and seafaring.

Jethro Tull announced the release of their 23rd studio album, RökFlöte, on the April 21 2023 via InsideOutMusic. Following 2022's The Zealot Gene, the band's first album in two decades, Ian Anderson and the band are returning with a 12-track record based on the characters and roles of some of the principle gods of the old Norse paganism, and at the same time exploring the RökFlöte - rock flute - which Jethro Tull has made iconic.

JETHRO TULL - RökFlöte coverart
JETHRO TULL - RökFlöte coverart

RökFlöte will be available on several different formats, including two limited deluxe formats that include bonus demo material, extensive liner notes and a Blu-ray featuring Dolby Atmos, 5.1 surround sound, alternative stereo mixes by Bruce Soord (The Pineapple Thief), as well as a bonus track and in-depth interview with Ian Anderson. The album will also be available digitally in the spatial audio formats Dolby Atmos & Sony 360 RA. The full list of formats are below:Ltd Deluxe Dark Red 2LP+2CD+Blu-ray Artbook incl. 2 x art-printsLtd Deluxe 2CD+Blu-ray ArtbookSpecial Edition CD DigipakGatefold 180g LP+LP-bookletDigital AlbumTake a closer look at the deluxe formats below.

Pre-order RökFlöte soon in the Goldmine store.

01 - Voluspo
02 - Ginnungagap
03 - Allfather
04 - The Feathered Consort
05 - Hammer On Hammer
06 - Wolf Unchained
07 - The Perfect One
08 - Trickster (And The Mistletoe)
09 - Cornucopia
10 - The Navigators
11 - Guardian's Watch
12 - Ithavoll

Ian explains the album's title and theme in more detail: "The title of this offering went through a little change or two along the way. I started with the idea of a predominantly instrumental album for rock flute - as in rock music. When the subject material of the album presented itself, I was drawn to the term Ragnarök from Norse mythology - their version of apocalyptic end times or Biblical Armageddon. The "final showdown" scenario is ubiquitous and inherent in Hinduism, Christianity and Islam, for example. Ragnarök translates as "destiny of the Gods," the rök part meaning destiny, course, direction. With umlaut firmly in place, courtesy of the Germanic origins of Old Norse, Flute became Flöte in keeping with the spelling. With me so far? I just can't miss the glorious opportunity for a good and legitimate umlaut."

Jethro Tull continue live dates this year, with shows in mainland Europe, as well as a newly announced headline date in London on the May 23 to celebrate the new album release. They will also return to North America later this year, with the first show in Wolf Trap confirmed and more to be announced in the coming weeks. Find the full list of shows here https://jethrotull.com/tour-dates/The Zealot Gene, released in January 2022, was Jethro Tull's 22nd studio album and it garnered critical acclaim across the board. Reaching #9 in the UK album charts, a feat the band hadn't reached since 1972, it also debuted at #4 in Germany, #3 in Switzerland, #5 in Austria, #8 in Finland, as well as top 10 in the US Album Charts, Current Album Charts and Rock Album Charts.

With more than 30 albums to their credit and sales totaling more than 60 million, Jethro Tull are one of the most successful rock bands of all-time with a catalog that contains classics that still resonate today. Led by Ian Anderson, Tull still continue to tour throughout the world, entertaining audiences of all ages.

The band consists of:
Ian Anderson - Concert and Alto flutes, Flute d'Amour,
Irish whistle and vocals
David Goodier - Bass guitar
John O'Hara - Piano, keyboards and Hammond Organ
Scott Hammond - Drums.
Joe Parrish-James - Electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin




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