Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will release new album ‘Council Skies’ on 2 June.
The 'Black Star Dancing' hitmaker has given fans a taster of what's to come with the record after releasing its lead single 'Easy Now' on Tuesday (17.01.23), which is accompanied by a music video featuring ‘House of the Dragon’ star Milly Alcock.
Noel said of the album: "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."
The record - which is available to pre-order in various formats including CD, Heavyweight Vinyl with Bonus 7", a digital and deluxe edition with three LPs and a two-CD version boasting features from The Cure frontman Robert Smith and the Pet Shop Boys - was made at Noel’s Lone Star Recording Studios and the iconic Abbey Road Studios with production from Paul ‘Strangeboy’ Stacey and a guest appearance from The Smiths’ former guitarist Johnny Marr.
The album’s artwork was captured by Manchester-based photographer Kevin Cummins and honours a century of the opening of Maine Road Football Stadium, the former home of Noel's beloved Manchester City and takes fans on a tour of the rest of the 55-year-old rocker's favourite spots in his home city.
The release of the album will be marked by a string of headline shows across the UK including venues in Manchester, London and Wales.