NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS

Who Built The Moon?
Release:
24.11.2017
Label:
SOUR MASH RECORDS
Format:
CD
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Format:
LP
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“Despite his almost motionless stage presence, Gallagher’s ability to entertain has never been in doubt, whether on or off the stage.” - The Guardian

“The past will never be a foreign country to Noel Gallagher, but from this vantage point, tomorrow is looking pretty rosy.” - NME

“People are going to be surprised. I think people love Noel and they’re desperate for him to make a really big, bold, uptempo beast of a record – a lot of Noel’s music is quite mid-tempo. This one is quite fun.” - David Holmes, Producer of Who Built The Moon?

“I am a fucking genius.” - Noel Gallagher

BIOGRAPHY:

Noel Gallagher kicked off his Oasis past like a wet nappy and ran, bare-bottomed and vulnerable into a solo career that frankly could have gone either way. Now however, the entire human race must surely thank him for his bold decision as this latest album delivers a squadron of tunes so epic they transcend even the dizzy heights of his previous high-flying solo work. Get out of the doldrums motherfuckers and strap in…

Noel Edward Montague Gallagher entered the national consciousness in 1994; the same year as Forrest Gump, the sitcom Friends and the Channel Tunnel. Yet, 23 years later, Noel has evolved musically far more than those other three things put together. We all know the story of the boy from Burnley, with his mop-topped swagger, tracksuit and eyebrows Moses himself couldn’t part. The humble beginnings, touring the world with Allied Carpets and the younger brother now tolerated simply as a potential organ donor for his more talented sibling. The story of the working class boy who dared to dream is now part of our national psyche. But all that was a long time ago. This latest solo album suggests that in the rock n’ roll history books Oasis will be remembered merely as the caterpillar to Noel’s solo butterfly.

‘The Chief’ as he insists on being called by his staff, has never, ever been one to stand still churning out rock by numbers, apart, of course, from the last few Oasis albums. Yet, it is in his solo work that Noel’s musical evolution has gone from upright but hairy ape-man to sonically advanced, electronic, space Jazz future-man with little shiny silver booties on. Believe me honey-child, WHO BUILT THE MOON? doesn’t sound like anything we’ve ever heard before from The Little Menace From Little Venice, as he is known on Grindr. This is exciting, mature, box-fresh ROCK ‘N’ ROLL that sounds totally NOW. Not so much a nod to the past, more an enthusiastic handshake with the future.

And what’s more, WHO BUILT THE MOON? marks a departure not only in style but also in method. Instead of his usual system of bringing songs into the studio in his Hello Kitty satchel and working them up slowly, Noel cooked up this future-platinum by containing the entire writing process in the studio. Working under the watchful ears of producer David Holmes, these laboratory conditions concentrated the creative forces of Peggy’s favourite son and WHO BUILT THE MOON? is the end product. Now delivered like a test-tube baby into your clammy, little hands today. Sit back, listen and be blown away by what a lovely, curious and hard-rocking little fella it is. WHO BUILT THE MOON? Noel Gallagher did, and everyone else can just reach for it.


ABOUT THE ALBUM:

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 Fri 24 November 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 World Tour.

Live arena shows start in April 2018 across the UK and go on general sale at 9am, this Friday 29 September 2017 with details, links to purchase tickets and tour updates available at www.noelgallagher.com

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 rumours 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.

The results are exhilarating. Setting the placid instrumentals and hypnotic, eastern-influenced grooves alongside gutsy balcony-shakers and widescreen, cinematic walls of sound, Who Built The Moon? is an album for the apocalypse, comforting queasy listeners with shades of the Noel Gallagher they rely on, while taking the adventurous dancing with him into the flames.

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 crystallises 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 canvasses 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.”