Back in May, Robben Ford announced Pure, his first instrumental studio album in almost 25 years.
Now, Ford has released the album's third single, the beautifully genre-blurring Balafon.
Packed with restless twists and turns, and sprinkled with blues, soul, Latin and even country influences, the song is a crystal-clear display of the virtuoso guitarist's one-of-a-kind six-string approach. You can give it a spin via Spotify (or, if you don't have Spotify, Apple Music or Amazon Music) below.
“Balafon was one of the first two songs written for Pure," Ford said in a statement accompanying the song's release. "I wanted a beautiful chordal melody and then a shift to a very strong 'twangy' riff to contrast. Between, there is a pensive moment to set up a powerful guitar climax!”
To preorder Pure – which is set for an August 27 release via earMUSIC – step right this way.
Aside from Pure, Ford's also been hard at work of late designing a new custom (potentially a signature?) guitar with PRS, which he recently teased with an Instagram post partially captioned "sneak peek!"