Last month saw the release of Morpheus, a first taste of Steve Rothery’s solo album “The Ghosts of Pripyat”. You might or might not know Steve Rothery as being the guitarist of neo-prog giants Marillion, but judging from this song, Rothery is perfectly able to stand in his own right as a guitarist and songwriter.
The lead guitar playing on “Morpheus” exposes influences of Steve Hackett, Steve Howe and David Gilmour, while the song itself features a subtle adding and subtracting of elements, slowly building up to the main theme which consists of a very typical guitar riff. Of course, the surrounding guitar solos are impeccable but it’s especially the synthesisers that add a lot to the song’s atmosphere and charm.
“The Ghosts of Pripyat” is available for sale on iTunes and Bandcamp as a download, and through the Marillion website you’ll be able to buy a special edition CD/DVD version of the album. “Morpheus” is available as a name-your-price download.