Kansas Previews New Album, ‘The Absence of Presence’

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Kansas (Photo: Emily Butler Photography; used with permission)

Kansas will release a new studio album, The Absence of Presence, on June 26, the follow-up to 2016’s The Prelude Implicit. Listen to several tracks below. The legendary progressive rock band, best known for such classic rock hits as “Carry on Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind,” have sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.

The Absence of Presence, coming from Inside Out Music, features nine new tracks written by the band, produced by Zak Rizvi, and co-produced by Phil Ehart and Richard Williams. The album features vocalist Ronnie Platt, David Ragsdale (violin), Tom Brislin (keyboards), Williams (guitar), Rizvi (guitar), Ehart (drums), and Billy Greer (bass guitar).

Listen as the band offers extended snippets of five of the album’s songs

Kansas will be taking their Point of Know Return anniversary tour to Europe in October and November. The band will perform songs from the new album, classic hits and deep cuts, and will culminate with the iconic album performed in its entirety.

Watch them discuss each track on the new LP

A first song, “Throwing Mountains,” has been released. Watch the video below.

The Absence of Presence Track Listing
The Absence of Presence
Throwing Mountains
Jets Overhead
Propulsion 1
Memories Down the Line
Circus of Illusion
Animals on the Roof
The Song the River Sang

Watch “Throwing Mountains” from The Absence of Presence

“We are really proud of the album,” said Rizvi. “Making a new Kansas album sets a very high musical standard that is expected from our fans. From rockers, to progressive epics, to ballads, there is something on this recording for everybody.”

Watch the lyric video for “Memories Down the Line”

Kansas was scheduled to be on Foreigner’s Juke Box Heroes 2020 Tour, with Europe, but it was canceled due to the pandemic. When they do tour, Kansas tickets are available here.

Related: Our Album Rewind of Kansas’ Leftoverture

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