Artwork: Kevin Cummins
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds have revealed details of their forthcoming new album ‘Council Skies’, which is released on the 2nd of June via Sour Mash Records.
‘Council Skies’ sees legendary songwriter Noel Gallagher paying homage to his Mancunian roots. The album is said to be his most varied solo record to date with great emotional depth. The new single from the album, 'Easy Now', is out now and is a reflection of what can be expected from the new LP.
‘Council Skies’ was recorded at Noel’s Lone Star Sound Recording Studios in London, with the album’s beautiful strings recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios. The album also features performances from Johnny Marr on three tracks, including recent single ‘Pretty Boy’.
Photo: Matt Crockett
Speaking of the album, Noel says: “It’s going back to the beginning. Daydreaming, looking up at the sky and wondering about what life could be … that’s as true to me now as it was in the early ‘90s. When I was growing up in poverty and unemployment, music took me out of that,” he says. “Top of the Pops on TV transformed your Thursday night into this fantasy world, and that’s what I think music should be. I want my music to be elevating and transforming in some way.”
Legendary photographer Kevin Cummins, who shot many famous Oasis photos, shot the artwork. It shows Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ live equipment placed on the original centre spot of what was Maine Road Football Stadium.
‘Council Skies’ is available to pre-order here now on CD, heavyweight vinyl with bonus 7” featuring an exclusive acoustic version of ‘Pretty Boy’, LP picture disc plus various HD digital formats including a Dolby Atmos spatial audio version. Deluxe limited-edition formats will also be released including a 3LP and 2CD featuring remixes by The Cure’s Robert Smith, Pet Shop Boys and a stunning Radio 2 session version of ‘Live Forever’. A lyric sheet of title track ‘Council Skies’ is included with all album pre-orders via the official store.
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