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Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Announce Fourth Album 'Council Skies', Share New Single

Tuesday, 17 January 2023 Written by Jon Stickler

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Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds have announced a new album.

The follow-up to 2017's 'Who Built The Moon?' is called 'Council Skies' and will arrive through Sour Mash Records on June 2.

Produced by the former Oasis guitarist and co-songwriter, alongside longtime collaborator Paul 'Strangeboy' Stacey, the LP also features performances from Johnny Marr on three tracks, including the 2022 single Pretty Boy.

Available on CD, LP, digitally, triple LP, and a 2CD deluxe limited edition featuring remixes by The Cure's Robert Smith, and Pet Shop Boys, the project is said to be a full circle moment, with Gallagher going back to his Mancunian origins. He said:

"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. 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."

Alongside the news, the 55-year-old has shared a new single, Easy Now, which builds through acoustic chords and melancholic vocals to an orchestral crescendo. Head below to view the song's video, which features House Of The Dragon actress Milly Alcock. 

Gallagher has a number of shows scheduled for the summer, including headline appearances at PennFest and South Facing Festival in July, and a huge hometown concert at Manchester's Wythenshawe Park in August.

'Council Skies' tracklist:

1. I’m Not Giving Up Tonight
2. Pretty Boy
3. Dead To The World
4. Open The Door, See What You Find
5. Trying To Find A World That’s Been And Gone
6. Easy Now
7. Council Skies
8. There She Blows!
9. Love Is A Rich Man
10. Think Of A Number
11. We’re Gonna Get There In The End (Bonus Track)

Noel Gallagher Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Fri July 21 2023 - PENN Big Park
Fri July 28 2023 - LONDON Crystal Palace Bowl
Sat August 05 2023 - SAFFRON WALDEN Audley End
Sat August 19 2023 - MONMOUTHSHIRE Caldicot Castle
Sat August 26 2023 - MANCHESTER Wythenshawe Park

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