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Listen to Noel Gallagher's New Single "Holy Mountain"

Artwork for Noel Gallagher's High Flying Bird's single "Holy Mountain". Image credit: Sour Mash Records / Big Brother Recordings

Noel Gallagher and his band the High Flying Birds have released their new single “Holy Mountain” taken from their upcoming album. The song has an accompanying music video which has a fitting psychedelic vibe to it.

Plus, with a mop-topped flute player in the background and its whole 1960s pastiche thing going on, it has a bit of Madchester band the Inspiral Carpets to it too—a band Noel used to roadie for.

The track also features Paul Weller on organ and is the first single taken from the former Oasis guitarist and songwriter’s new LP Who Built the Moon?—which is produced by David Holmes and is out on November 24.

Noel Gallagher of Oasis, with his signature Union Jack guitar. © Jill Furmanovsky

Speaking about “Holy Mountain” Noel said, “It was one of the first things David and I did on the first week of working together. 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.”

Along with featuring Paul Weller, Noel’s new album will also feature former The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, who will be playing guitar and harmonica on song “If Love Is The Law”. The tone of the album will be somewhat of a departure for Noel too, and will be a bit more electronica infused than his previous work.

A beam of evening light hits the spot. Taken on a video shoot for one of Noel's greatest songs, "Wonderwall". © Jill Furmanovsky

A review of Who Built the Moon? by Frontview Magazine exalts, “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.”

Noel’s new album will be getting released exactly seven weeks after brother Liam Gallagher released his debut solo album As You Were. And like Liam, Noel will be taking his new album on tour, which will happen across various arenas throughout the UK and beyond in 2018.

Noel and Liam Gallagher take a break from recording in a pub near Abbey Road in 1996. © Jill Furmanovsky

Talking about the general direction of the new album David Holmes said, “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.”

Noel is currently on tour in South America supporting U2 and spoke recently with website Rock and Pop Chile, noting about the new LP, “[Who Built the Moon?] seems to have split my fanbase in two. In the sense that all the girls love it and all the guys hate it. It just seems that way, and I’m on the side of the girls. I speak for the entire album here: the people who will like it will not just like it, they’ll love it, and people who don’t like it will hate it.” Wise words.

Check out the new single “Holy Mountain” below. You can pre-order the new album here.

Rockarchive is delighted to be able to offer these iconic images, along with many other photos of Noel Gallagher and Oasis, as limited edition photographic prints which you can buy here.

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