January 30, 2023

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Noel Gallagher announces new album Council Skies and shares song

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds have released their fourth studio album, Council Skies. The project will be released on June 2nd via Sour Mash Records, while new single ‘Easy Now’ is available to stream now.

Gallagher recorded Council Skies at his Lone Star Sound Recording Studios in London and co-produced the album with longtime collaborator Paul “Strangeboy” Stacey. In a statement, the Oasis guitarist explained that the LP draws on the hunger for success that you only really feel when you’re young.

“It goes back to the beginning. Daydreaming, looking up at the sky and wondering what life might be like… that’s as true to me now as it was in the early ’90s,” Gallagher said. “Growing up in poverty and unemployment, music got me out of there. Top of the Pops on TV turned your Thursday night into that fantasy world, and that’s what I think music should be. I want my music to be uplifting and transformative in some way.”

In addition to regular digital, CD and LP formats, Council Skies will be released in 3xLP and 2xCD deluxe limited edition formats, featuring remixes by Robert Smith and Pet Shop Boys. pre-orders are in progress.

Directed by Colin Solal, the “Easy Now” video features House of the Dragon star Milly Alcock and a cameo from Gallagher himself. It follows Council Skies debut single “Pretty Boy” with guitar by Johnny Marr.

Gallagher will be performing a series of shows in his native UK this summer. Check out his full list of tour dates below and get tickets through Ticketmaster. His last High Flying Birds album was Who Built the Moon? in 2017 while he released the greatest hits compilation Back the Way We Came: Vol 1 (2011-2021) in 2021.

Council Skies Artwork:

Council Skies track list:
01. I’m not giving up tonight
02. Handsome boy
03. Dead to the World
04. Open the door, see what you find
05. Trying to find a bygone world
06. Easy now
07. Council heaven
08. There she blows!
09. Love is a rich man
10. Think of a number
11. Bonus Track – We’ll Make It In The End

Deluxe Album Track List:

disk 1
01. I’m not giving up tonight
02. Handsome boy
03. Dead to the World
04. Open the door, see what you find
05. Trying to find a bygone world
06. Easy now
07. Council heaven
08. There she blows!
09. Love is a rich man
10. Think of a number

disc 2
01. Don’t stop…
02. We will get there in the end
03. mind games
04. Handsome Boy (Instrumental)
05. Dead to the World (Instrumental)
06. Council Skies (Instrumental)
07. Think of a Number (Instrumental)
08. I’m Not Giving Up Tonight (David Holmes Remix)
09. Think of a Number (Pet Shop Boys Magic Eye 12” Remix)
10. Handsome Boy (Robert Smith Remix)
11. Council Skies (The Reflex Revision)
12. Flying on the Ground (Radio 2 Session, 09/08/21)
13. You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere (Radio 2 Session, 09/08/21)
14. Live Forever (Radio 2 Session, 09/08/21)

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 2023 Tour Dates:
07/21 — Buckinghamshire, UK @ PennFest
07/28 — London, UK @ Crystal Palace Bowl
08/05 — Saffron Waldon, Essex, UK @ Audley End
19.08 — Monmouthshire, UK @ Caldicot Castle
08/20 — Sedgefield, Country Durham, UK @ Hardwick Festival
08/26 — Manchester, UK @ Wythenshawe Park