While flowing from the same, molten core of melody, songwriting craft and towering self-belief, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ new album, Who Built The Moon? alters the legendary singer-songwriter’s course following a bracing, two-year creative collaboration with renowned producer, DJ and composer, David Holmes. Released on Friday November 24th, 2017 on Sour Mash, the keenly anticipated follow-up to the platinum-selling, Chasing Yesterday (2015) is set for prompt live treatment as Gallagher and band announce a 2018 Tour.
Live shows start in February 2018 in the US followed by UK tour dates in April. Tickets go on general sale on Friday September 29th at 10am local time with details, links to purchase tickets and tour updates available at www.noelgallagher.com.
There will be a fan pre-sale that includes enhanced experience ticket packages starting Wednesday, September 27th at 10am EST. You can gain access the pre-sale, including the enhanced experience packages by signing up here: https://nghfb.lnk.to/signup before Tuesday midnight EST.
Bursting bubbles of perception, drilling dynamite into cracks between past and present and painting a daring portrait of the artist as a free man, Who Built The Moon? gathers vocalists and guest musicians from around the world to breathe life into 11-tracks finely poised between experimental and a jukebox of ageless influence. Meeting to work in Belfast and London, Gallagher and Holmes tuned into French psychedelic pop as much as classic electro, soul, rock, disco and dance on a cultured adventure into recorded sound.
If tracks blipping with ethereal, electronic experimentation and French spoken word start rumors of Gallagher’s restlessness, then instrumentals drifting with a latent, melancholic energy, inspired by European television soundtracks confirm them. Setting fire to familiarity, Gallagher wrote entirely in the studio for the first time, leaping into laboratory conditions and a cut and paste adventure with Holmes, turning his back, at least temporarily, on studied solitude and six strings. The studio door was left open for Paul Weller (organ on Holy Mountain) and Johnny Marr (guitar and harmonica on If Love Is The Law) to not only bear witness to, but make a mark on a pivotal moment in Gallagher’s ten studio album career.
David Holmes, Producer of Who Built The Moon? says: “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.”
How would Gallagher respond to control room commands to: “Stop ‘playing’ guitar!” and “Play me a guitar solo you can dance to!”? Secure in the knowledge that the man challenging him had a vision to match his undimmed ambition, he entered the same, inventive space. The Man Who Built The Moon crystallizes an outsider’s view of the partnership, flooded with lush orchestration and a sense of looming drama. It is the sound of an experienced songwriter supported by an accomplice similarly striving meticulously for perfection, as Gallagher 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.”
On blue-touch-paper track, Fort Knox, barely a note is sung by Gallagher, instead toying with euphoric incantations, while It’s A Beautiful World bubbles with progressive, ambient electronica. Black & White Sunshine’s 60s, psychedelic pop DNA canvases for more traditionalist votes while Holy Mountain is a game of ‘spot the obscure sample’ amidst a joyous wall of sound. Symptomatic of the unhurried back and forth between him and Holmes, Gallagher says of the latter track:
“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.”
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ Who Built The Moon? 2018 Tour Dates are announced as follows:
US Tour Dates
February 9th, 2018 Detroit, MI, The Cathedral at Masonic Temple
February 10th, 2018 Columbus, OH , Express Live!
February 12th, 2018 Washington, DC, Anthem
February 13th, 2018 Philadelphia, PA, Merriam Theater
February 15th, 2018 New York, NY, Radio City Music Hall
February 17th, 2018 Boston, MA, Opera House
February 18th, 2018 Montreal, QC, Place des Arts/Salle Wilfrid Pelletier
February 20th, 2018 Toronto, ON, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
February 23rd, 2018 Cleveland, OH, Goodyear Theater
February 24th, 2018 Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre
February 25th, 2018 Indianapolis, IN, Murat Theatre
February 27th, 2018 Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
February 28th, 2018 Atlanta, GA, The Tabernacle
March 2nd, 2018 New Orleans, LA Orpheum Theatre
March 3rd, 2018 Houston, TX, House of Blues
March 5th, 2018 Austin, TX, Moody Theater At ACL Live
March 6th, 2018 Dallas, TX, Majestic Theater
March 9th, 2018 Las Vegas, NV, The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan
March 10th, 2018 Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
March 12th, 2018 Los Angeles, CA, The Orpheum
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Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds: Who Built The Moon? Track Listing:
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)
Dead In The Water (Live at RTÉ 2FM Studios, Dublin)
Written by Noel Gallagher (Dead Leg Music/Sony/ATV Music Publishing Ltd).
Produced by David Holmes.
Mixed and engineered by Emre Ramazanoglu.
Additional engineering by Tristin Norwell.
All lead vocals recorded by Paul ’Strangeboy’ Stacey at Strangeways Studios, London.
Mastered by John Davis at Metropolis, London.
Recorded at Drama Studios, Belfast, The Pool and Hoxa HQ, London.