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The ‘adventurous’ new album also features Johnny Marr and Paul Weller
Noel Gallagher has announced his brand new album with The High Flying Birds, as well as details of a massive UK and Ireland arena tour. Check out the trailer, tracklist, artwork and tour dates for ‘Who Built The Moon?’ below.
Gallagher teased the release of new material last month, and now he’s back with his third solo record.
The former Oasis star spent two years collaborating with producer, DJ and composer, David Holmes on the record, which also features guest appearances from Paul Weller and Johnny Marr. Said to be inspired as much by French psychedelic pop as it was classic electro, soul, rock, disco and dance, the follow-up to 2015’s acclaimed ‘Chasing Yesterday‘ has been described as an “exhilarating” collection of “placid instrumentals, hypnotic, eastern-influenced grooves, gutsy balcony-shakers and widescreen, cinematic walls of sound”.
“People are going to be surprised. I think people love Noel and they’re desperate for him to make a really big, bold, up-tempo beast of a record – a lot of Noel’s music is quite mid-tempo,” said Holmes of the album. “This one is fun.”
Said to be Gallagher’s most experimental and adventurous work to date, the album sees him relying much less on the electric guitar than ever before – as well as adopting instrumentals, ambient electronica and ‘obscure samples’.
“We took a keyboard riff we liked from an unused track and added chords,” said Gallagher. “A year later we came to deal with it as a song and when we got to the chorus, David kept asking me to write a new one….again and again and again. I was ready to strangle him. The one that you hear is the eighth attempt and, you know what? The annoying thing is he was right.”
Speaking of the track ‘Holy Mountain’, Gallagher continued: “David played me the sample, so I worked out the chords and we demoed just a few, short minutes of it, taking it away on tour and playing with it. When it became a song back in Belfast it was so joyous, I just had to do it justice.
“What’s more joyous than being in love, baby? So, I wrote a song about love and it’s one of the best things that I’ve ever done.”