Joe Satriani says that, as with most of his solo albums, he was "surrounded with anxiety" as he started making "Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards," which comes out Oct. 5.
"I start every project wondering if it's all going to come together or not, and you never know," the guitar virtuoso and Chickenfoot member tells Billboard.com. "Every time you write a new song, or you successfully complete arranging one you've already written, it's a big deal. You take this big step forward towards completing the project. I didn't get a handle on this [album] until late May, when I was really late handing over demos to the guys. But all of a sudden it sort of came together, and I felt really pleased with how it was going."
Satriani says several of the songs on "Black Swans and the Wormhole Wizards" have some history behind them. The first single, "Light Years Away," and the album-opening "Premonition" were both considered for Chickenfoot's first album. "God is Crying" was written for 2008's "Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock" but was "voted off" by his collaborators, even though Satriani "thought they were crazy...But sure enough, this time around I re-wrote it and got it more crystallized, and it's a real shining moment on this album."