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 (opens in new tab) or Amazon Music (opens in new tab)) 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 (opens in new tab).
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 (opens in new tab) "sneak peek!"