Kansas has treated fans to a preview of “Throwing Mountains,” one of the nine songs featured on the band’s upcoming studio album, The Absence of Presence, along with a glimpse of the accompanying video for the tune, which will premiere this Friday, April 17.
The Absence of Presence will be released on June 26, and can be pre-ordered starting April 17 at KansasBand.com and Amazon.
The album will be available on CD, and as a two-LP 180-gram-vinyl set, a limited-edition deluxe CD/Blu-ray package, digitally and via streaming services.
The record was produced by Kansas guitarist Zak Rizvi, who joined the band in 2016, with co-production help from the group’s founding drummer Phil Ehart and guitarist Rich Williams.
“We are really proud of the album The Absence of Presence,” says Rizvi. “Making a new Kansas album sets a very high musical standard that is expected from our fans. From rockers, to progressive epics, to ballads, there is something on this recording for everybody.”
Meanwhile, a video sampler of The Absence of Presence featuring audio clips of five songs — “Throwing Mountains,” the title track, “Memories Down the Line,” “Jets Overhead” and “Circus of Illusion” — premiered recently on the Inside Out Music label’s official YouTube channel.
Kansas recently postponed a number of U.S. tour dates because of the coronavirus pandemic. The next confirmed show on the band’s scheduled is a May 8 concert in Lowell, Massachusetts, although more dates could be affected by the health crisis. Check KansasBand.com and the group’s social media sites for updates.
Here’s The Absence of Presence’s track list:
“The Absence of Presence”
“Memories Down the Line”
“Circus of Illusion”
“Animals on the Roof”
“The Song the River Sang”
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— KANSAS (@KansasBand) April 14, 2020