Progressive Rock Supergroup Transatlantic Releases ‘The World We Used To Know’ Music Video


Transatlantic — the multinational progressive rock supergroup featuring  vocalist/keyboardist Neal Morse (Spock’s Beard, The Neal Morse Band), drummer Mike Portnoy (Sons of Apollo, ex-Dream Theater), bassist Pete Trewavas (Marrilion) and guitarist Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings). — will release its fifth studio album, “The Absolute Universe”, on February 5, 2021 via InsideOut Music. Representing the band’s first new music since 2014’s “Kaleidoscope”, with “The Absolute Universe” the band has done something unique and created two versions of the record: “The Absolute Universe: The Breath Of Life (Abridged Version)” and “The Absolute Universe: Forevermore (Extended Version)”.

Transatlantic has launched the video for ‘The World We Used To Know’, taken from “The Absolute Universe: Forevermore (Extended Version)”. Watch it below.

Portnoy comments: “The second release from the upcoming Transatlantic album, “The Absolute Universe”, features our Swedish genie Mr. Roine Stolt on lead vocals (in contrast to the first release, which featured NealPete and I sharing the lead vocals). This piece also opens with another extended instrumental intro where I get to utilize my best Keith Moon acrobatics and leads to Roine‘s beautiful, melodic vocals on the verses and choruses in the body of the song and climaxes with a majestic section with Neal Morse taking the lead vocal and one of the album’s main musical reoccurring themes.

For the upcoming album, the band have created two versions of the record: “The Absolute Universe: The Breath Of Life” (Abridged Version) and “The Absolute Universe: Forevermore” (Extended Version). 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.

Speaking about the upcoming album, drummer Mike Portnoy says, “we’ve got two versions of this album. There is a two CD presentation, which is 90 minutes long, and a single one – that’s 60 minutes. However, the single CD is not merely an edited version of the double CD. They each contain alternate versions and even in some cases, new recordings. We wrote fresh lyrics and have different people singing on the single CD version tracks as compared to those on the double CD. Some of the song titles have also been changed, while others might remain the same, but compositionally what you’ll hear has been altered. You must appreciate that what we have done is unique. We revamped the songs to make the two versions different.”

Bassist Pete Trewavas adds, “we did write some new music for the single CD. What’s more, there are also differences in the instruments used on some of the tracks across the two records.”

Disc 1
01. Overture (08:11) (video)
02. Heart Like A Whirlwind (05:11)
03. Higher Than The Morning (05:29)
04. The Darkness In The Light (05:43)
05. Swing High, Swing Low (03:48)
06. Bully (02:11)
07. Rainbow Sky (03:19)
08. Looking For The Light (03:59)
09. The World We Used To Know (09:21)

Disc 2
01. The Sun Comes Up Today (05:38)
02. Love Made A Way (Prelude) (01:25)
03. Owl Howl (07:05)
04. Solitude (05:41)
05. Belong (02:49)
06. Lonesome Rebel (02:53)
07. Looking For The Light (Reprise) (05:12)
08. The Greatest Story Never Ends (04:17)
09. Love Made A Way (08:02)

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