The album will continue a narrative arc that began on Vai’s 2005 effort, Real Illusions: Reflections.
“I’m always pursuing knowledge, I’m a seeker of spiritual equilibrium, and music is a big part of that,” says Vai of the album’s theme, which focuses on a character who has been driven mad by grief. “I’ve been obsessed with these kinds of ideas for years.”
The 12-song album is largely instrumental, of course, but features vocal performances from Beverly McClellan and Aimee Mann, who duets with Vai on a track called “No More Amsterdam.” The Story of Light has been a long time coming – it was first slated for release in early 2011. You can pre-order the album now through Steve Vai's official website. The “Platinum Package” is $49.99.