Ian Anderson has announced that he is working on a new album, which he plans to release in 2014. Anderson has detailed the material in a new blog-post on the Jethro Tull website. As the singer notes, he is currenlty unsure whether it will be a solo album, or a Jethro Tull release:
"As some of you may know, a new album is in the works for recording in December/Jan. The release of this new concept album (no I am NOT going to tell you the title) is scheduled for Easter 2014 ... 'Is this to be an Ian Anderson album or a Jethro Tull album,' I hear you ask? Not sure, really, I reply, if somewhat evasively...
"But I wrote the music in January and did the demos in February and it just requires a few tweaks by my old chum, lyricist Gerald B to have it all locked down and ready for rehearsal beginning 25th November at 10.00 sharp."
The singer and flautist has also noted that the record will be much heavier than the band's last album, "Thick as a Brick 2":
"Much less acoustic guitar from me and more flute and heavier guitar sounds. Folk prog metal, you might say, if you were desperately searching for a descriptive term. There are lots of dynamics and varied tempos and keys throughout its lengthy 55 mins. But since it was demoed all on acoustic guitar in a Barbados hotel room, it doesnt quite sound like that at the moment. But trust me! I know exactly what I am doing.
"But then again, knowing me (as I am learning to do), I might just scrap it all and start afresh."