Noel Gallagher prepares for more high flying

Noel Gallagher. Photo: Lawrence Watson
Noel Gallagher. Photo: Lawrence Watson

Noel Gallagher: wrote entirely in the studio for the first time. Photo: Lawrence Watson

The ex-Oasis songwriter announces the release of his new album ‘Who Built The Moon?’ and dates for 2018 world tour

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ third album, Who Built The Moon?, has been confirmed for release on Friday 24 November 2017. The two-year creative collaboration with renowned producer, DJ and composer, David Holmes, is the eagerly anticipated follow-up to platinum-selling Chasing Yesterday and is set for prompt live treatment as Gallagher and band also announced a 2018 world tour.

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. 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. Superstar friends who lent a hand on the recording included Paul Weller who played organ on Holy Mountain and Johnny Marr who added guitar and harmonica on If Love Is The Law.

“People are going to be surprised,” says Holmes. “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.”

The producer appears to have found an experienced songwriter similarly striving 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.”

The 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)

Live arena shows start in April 2018 across the UK and go on general sale at 9:00am BST, this Friday 29 September 2017. Details, links to purchase tickets and tour updates can be found at:

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