High Flying Birds man says he wants LP to reach same heights as his solo debut

Noel Gallagher has revealed that his collaboration album with Amorphous Androgynous may not be released until next year.

Speaking in the new issue of NME, the former Oasis chief said that he wanted to wait until he had finished touring his debut solo album ‘Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ before finishing work on the new LP.

He said:

I’ve got a break in the middle of this tour in July, so now the plan is to do something then, and then to finish it off after the tour in October. So it might come out at the end of the year, but it’s more likely to be next year now.

The guitarist also said he was keen to make sure the album matched his high-standards, adding: “I set the benchmark pretty high with this record [‘Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’], and I’m not just putting a record for the fucking sake of it. At the moment it’s not a great record – so it won’t come out until it is.”

Last month (January 23), it was announced that Noel Gallagher will be presented with the Godlike Genius Award at this year’s NME Awards. Gallagher, who will pick up the gong at the ceremony on February 29 at London’s O2 Academy Brixton, said of his win: “I would like to thank NME for bestowing upon me such a great accolade. I have dreamt of this moment since I was 43 years old. I accept that I am now a genius, just like God.”

To read the full interview with Noel Gallagher, in which he explains why he’d rather collaborate with Damon Albarn than Thom Yorke and gives his views on everything from ROFLcopter to Manchester City footballer Mario Balotelli, pick up the new issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands now or available digitally.

Meanwhile, a special collectors’ issue dedicated to Noel Gallagher produced by the teams behind NME and sister title Uncut is also out now. The magazine features Gallagher’s greatest interviews, unseen photos and a competition to win albums signed by the man himself. The issue is available on newsstands and digitally now – click here to order your copy.