Three weeks from today X, the new album from Dutch progressive rockers FOCUS will be released via Four Worlds Media USA. Featuring cover art by Roger Dean (Yes), the album was produced by the band with a running time just shy of 60 minutes. It is the first new material from the four-piece in six years. X is available for pre-order on Amazon.
Today FOCUS has teamed up with Prog Archives for an exclusive North American premiere of a track from X. The song entitled “Father Bacchus” is the first track and can be streamed exclusively HERE.
Largely instrumental, X (pronounced Ten)expands on the band’s traditional base. Jazz, middle eastern, acoustic/adult contemporary and more find their way into the compositions making the album a true must listen for long-time as well new fans. The North American release follows the successful launch of the album overseas; which saw the band on tour supporting the album’s initial European release.
FOCUS is regarded as one of the most influential and successful rock bands from The Netherlands. Founded by keyboardist/flutist Thijs van Leer in 1969, the band have two certified gold recordings in the US spurred on by hits “Hocus Pocus,” “House of the King,” and “Sylvia.” Thijs van Leer comments, “it is a thrill to have finally completed FOCUS X. We are all ecstatic about the new material. Our music is evolution, not revolution.”
A renewed interest in FOCUS launched a few years back when Nike included the band’s music in a commercial for the 2010 World Cup; a piece directed by Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (noted for his directorial work on major motion pictures 21 Grams and Babel). In addition, guitarist Gary Hoey re-recorded the band’s “Hocus Pocus;” a recording that rocketed into Billboards’ Top 5.
Follow the band at their official site www.focus10.net