Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds have unveiled their first music in over two years with the release of ‘Holy Mountain‘ – the debut single from the new album ‘Who Built The Moon?’ – and you can listen to it now on the Shoot Music – New Releases Playlist.
After teasing fragments of songs – including on Sky Sports’ MNF coverage – and art from ‘Who Built The Moon?‘ (via Sour Mash), ‘Holy Mountain’ is the next step for fans toward the album’s release date of November 27.
Nestled high in the tracklisting of the follow up to the platinum-selling, ‘Chasing Yesterday‘ (2015), and featuring Paul Weller on organ, ‘Holy Mountain’ is delivered with thundering self-assurance.
“It was one of the first things [producer] David [Holmes] and I did on the first week of working together,” said Gallagher.
“I knew instantly that it was going to be the first single. There’s so much joy in it. Until the day I die, it will be one of my favourite pieces of music that I’ve ever written.
“It sounds great live. My kids love it, my friends’ kids all love it and I am sure ‘the kids’ will love it.”
The 12” vinyl release features Holy Mountain accompanied by an exclusive, instrumental version of the track, while the B-Side features ‘Dead In The Water (Live at RTÉ 2FM Studios, Dublin)’. Also offered as an album bonus track, Dead In The Water catches Gallagher and keyboard player, Mike Rowe in between takes at a Dublin radio station. Such moments are destined to go unrepeated, with Gallagher vowing never to re-record it any other way.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds have also announced a run of UK Arena shows to start in April 2018 on the following dates…
22 April 2018 Brighton, Brighton Centre
24 April 2018 Glasgow, The SSE Hydro
25 April 2018 Aberdeen, BHGE Arena
27 April 2018 London, The SSE Arena Wembley
30 April 2018 Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena
1 May 2018 Birmingham, Birmingham Arena
3 May 2018 Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena
4 May 2018 Manchester, Manchester Arena
6 May 2018 Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
7 May 2018 Leeds, First Direct Arena
9 May 2018 Belfast, The SSE Arena
10 May 2018 Dublin, 3Arena
Noel Gallagher entered the national consciousness with Oasis 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.
‘Who Built The Moon?’ doesn’t sound like anything we’ve ever heard before from Noel. 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.