‘We’re just kind of feeling our way’: Alan White, Jon Davison discuss prospect of new music from Yes

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Jon Davison has been with Yes for about a year and half, time that’s largely been spent revisiting a trio of the group’s 1970s recordings on tour. Now, he and drummer Alan White talk about the prospect of new music.

“Jon is very, very talented in songwriting,” White says in this clip. “I’ve heard some of the creations that have come up, and we’re planning to start working on something later this year. I think it could be a very good album.”

White worked with singer Jon Anderson on 13 Yes albums between 1973’s Tales from Topographic Oceans and 2001’s Magnification. Davison took over for Benoit David, who had fronted Yes for two albums — 2011’s Fly from Here and a live project from Lyon, France.

But Davison hasn’t had a chance to put his own stamp on the group’s legacy, in particular on a current tour that focuses on projects issued between 1971-77 — a creative zenith in the Anderson years. In some ways, the new singer says he’s still getting his bearings.

“I don’t quite know the dynamic yet, or how it’s going to come down,” Davison admits.

White then adds: “None of us do. We’re just kind of feeling our way into a new album.”

Davison has been working as Yes’ singer even while continuing his stint in the Glass Hammer, which just released Perilous — though Davison’s participation in that well-received studio project was limited by his involvement in this lengthy Yes tour.

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