Posted: March 26, 2023 in MUSIC

“Council Skies” is the highly anticipated fourth studio album from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. This 10 track album includes the new singles ‘Pretty Boy’ and ‘Easy Now’ plus an album version of the previously released demo ‘We’re Gonna Get There In The End’ as a bonus track.

Council Skies” is the upcoming fourth studio album by English rock band Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. Produced by Gallagher and longtime engineer Paul Stacey, it is set to be released on 2nd June 2023, through Gallagher’s own label Sour Mash Records. It will be the first album Gallagher has recorded in his own recording studio: Lone Star Studios with string sessions taking place at Abbey Road Studios in April 2022. 

Gallagher began demoing the album in late 2021 with sessions commencing at Lone Star Studios in January 2022. Johnny Marr features on three tracks on the album, including lead single: “Pretty Boy”. According to a statement, the new album “sees Noel Gallagher reclaiming his past and paying homage to his Mancunian roots”.

Gallagher has described the album as “going back to the beginning. Daydreaming, looking up at the sky and wondering about what life could be…”. The artwork is taken by Kevin Cummins and features the band’s live equipment set up on the original centre spot of where Maine Road Football Stadium once stood with this year marking 100 years since the ground was opened as the former home of Noel’s beloved Manchester City FC.. When discussing the album title, Gallagher said “The title comes from a book by the artist Pete McKee. I was writing the song which was to become “Council Skies”, but it wasn’t called “Council Skies“.

There’s a bit in the song when I was writing it, where a phrase was missing – I didn’t know what that phrase was gonna be.” He went on to say: “Pete’s book happened to be on my coffee table at home. So I called him up and said, Can I use this title? And he said yeah. And I rewrote the song and then subsequently a lot of other things started to fall into place.”

“When I was growing up in poverty and unemployment, music took me out of that,” he added. “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.”

Official video for ‘Easy Now’ feat. Milly Alcock. ‘Easy Now’ is the second single taken from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ forthcoming album ‘Council Skies’, out June 2nd.

‘Council Skies’ will be made available on HD digital, CD, LP, 3LP and 2CD deluxe limited-edition formats, featuring remixes by The Cure’s Robert Smith and Pet Shop Boys.

All album pre-orders via Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ official store will receive an exclusive handwritten lyric sheet print and access to ticket pre-sales on selected 2023 UK tour dates. . Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will play a series of outdoor shows next summer,

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