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Who Built The Moon is Noel’s third solo album and will be accompanied by a huge tour in Spring 2018.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds have confirmed full details of their third album, which is to be released this November and is “one of the best things I’ve ever done”, according to the former Oasis man. He's also announced details of a UK tour for 2018.
Who Built The Moon? is the follow-up to 2015’s acclaimed LP Chasing Yesterday, and will be released on Friday 24 November 2017 on Sour Mash label.
The record is the result of a two-year creative collaboration with renowned producer, DJ and composer David Holmes and is described as a collection of “instrumentals, imagined soundtracks and cut and paste experimentation”. The LP features guest appearances from Paul Weller and Johnny Marr.
Back in May, Noel explained to Radio X's John Kennedy how he was encouraged by Holmes to completely change his methods for the record. He said: "I'm not sure I'll make another record another way. It's so exciting because even at the mastering stage, it was changing."
He added: "It's brilliant and like I say, the record sounds better for it, which I’m sure you’ll agree with when you hear it!"
Producer Holmes says of the album: “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. This one is fun.”
Gallagher will also play a series of UK and Ireland dates starting in April 2018.
Tickets for the shows go on sale at 9am on Friday, 29 September via Gigs And Tours.
Who Built The Moon? has vocalists and guest musicians from around the world appearing across the 11 tracks, which were recorded in Belfast and London. Influences include French psychedelic pop, classic electro, soul, rock, disco and dance.
Gallagher has written the album entirely in the studio for the first time, and there are contributions from Paul Weller (who plays organ on Holy Mountain) and Johnny Marr (taking guitar and harmonica on If Love Is The Law).
The track The Man Who Built The Moon demonstrates some of the working methods, Gallagher and Holmes employed, as Noel reveals: “We took a keyboard riff we liked from an unused track and added chords. 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.”
Holy Mountain was kick-started by an obscure sample as Noel explains: “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.”
1. Fort Knox
2. Holy Mountain
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
10. The Man Who Built The Moon
11. End Credits (Wednesday Part 2)
Bonus track: Dead In The Water (Live at RTÉ 2FM Studios, Dublin)
More information is available at www.noelgallagher.com