In the second half of 2017, it’s the battle of the Gallagher brothers. We’ve heard plenty about Liam upcoming solo debut – but in 2017 older brother Noel is also shaping up to release his third solo record. Here’s what we know so far about ‘Chasing Yesterday’’s follow-up, including release date, potential tour dates and more.
When is Noel Gallagher’s new album going to be released?
Noel Gallagher’s new album with The High Flying Birds, ‘Who Built the Moon?’, will be released on Friday November 24, and can be pre-ordered here.
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”.
What can we expect from Noel Gallagher’s new album?
Producer David Holmes recently gave a summary of what to expect, telling fans to prepare themselves for a curveball: “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.
In conversation with NME in April 2016, Noel revealed that for his third solo record he’ll be mixing things up in the creative process. “I am doing something different this time, to amuse myself – I am writing in the studio for the first time. As a rule I’ve not allowed myself to go in with any completed songs, so I am writing in there, it’s happening all around me during the day.”
“Usually I’ll go in, play a song, record an acoustic version of it and then I’ll think of something and we’ll head toward it. Everything we do is a forward motion toward that point. When you’re writing in the studio you don’t know where you’re going, so the flavour of it all can constantly shift. It’s a bit chaotic but the end results are great so far.”
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While his first solo album ‘Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ didn’t deviate massively from the Oasis sound, follow-up ‘Chasing Yesterday’ was lauded for its adoption of more psychedelic elements – something he’s likely to carry over with his next release.
Have we heard any songs from it yet?
A snippet of new material can be heard in ‘Who Built the Moon?”s album teaser, below.
So far we haven’t heard any confirmed new material from the album, but fans have been speculating that a pair of well-known unreleased songs could make it onto the new album.
Check out the full tracklist below:
1. Fort Knox
2. Holy Mountain (Featuring Paul Weller on organ)
3. Keep On Reaching
4. It’s A Beautiful World
5. She Taught Me How To Fly
6. Be Careful What You Wish For
7. Black & White Sunshine
8. Interlude (Wednesday Part 1)
9. If Love Is The Law (Featuring Johnny Marr on harmonica)
10. The Man Who Built The Moon
11. End Credits (Wednesday Part 2)
Have we seen the album artwork yet?
See the album artwork below.
Is Noel Gallagher touring in 2017?
Gallagher’s full upcoming UK and Ireland tour dates are below. Tickets are on sale from 9am on Friday September 29 and will be available here.
Sun 22 April 2018 Brighton, Brighton Centre
Tue 24 April 2018 Glasgow, The SSE Hydro
Wed 25 April 2018 Aberdeen, BHGE Arena
Fri 27 April 2018 London, The SSE Arena Wembley
Mon 30 April 2018 Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena
Tue 1 May 2018 Birmingham, Birmingham Arena
Thu 3 May 2018 Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena
Fri 4 May 2018 Manchester, Manchester Arena
Sun 6 May 2018 Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
Mon 7 May 2018 Leeds, First Direct Arena
Wed 9 May 2018 Belfast, The SSE Arena
Thu 10 May 2018 Dublin, 3Arena