Iconic axeman Ritchie Blackmore and his Blackmore's Night outfit have officially released a new single "The Moon Is Shining (Somewhere Over the Sea)" from their upcoming studio release "Dancer and the Moon," Blabbermouth reports.
Apart from the full track hitting the online shelves, a one-minute sample is currently available for streaming below.
With an upbeat tempo and a galloping beat, the song features a distinctive melody and even a short guitar lick reminiscent of the classic Deep Purple era. Blackmore's power chords strumming is neatly accompanied by keyboard padding, allowing the voice of Candice Night to properly stand out in the chorus, Overall, it seems like we have a promising tune at our hands, definitely worth checking out.
In Blackmore own words, the single is "based on an old folk Czech melody which Candice [Night, Blackmore's Night singer and Ritchie's wife] and I thought were very melodic and haunting.
"We adapted and arranged to suit more of a rock structure. We also played it as a ballad as it was originally intended. We asked several of our Czech friends what it was called but they couldn't tell us, so it remains a mystery."
As for the full record, "Dancer and the Moon" is set to drop on June 11 via Frontiers Records as the group's ninth studio effort. Featuring a total of 13 songs, the album even includes covers of a Rainbow classic "The Temple of the King," Uriah Heep's smash hit "Lady in Black" and Randy Newman's "I Think It's Going to Rain Today," which serves as an album opener.
The band's previous album, "Autumn Sky," came out in September 2010 via Spinefarm Records. Dedicated to couple's daughter Autumn Esmerelda Blackmore, who was born on May 27, 2010, the record managed to easily top the New Age Billboard Chart.
Listen to the newest Blackmore's Night's single here: