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Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Magic Secrets #1 (RSD22 EDITION)

    THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2022 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

    This 7" features Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds demos of "We're Gonna Get There In The End" and "Trying To Find A World That's Been And Gone: Part 1" which were released at short notice as a New Year goodwill message from Noel to the fans for 2021 and 2022 respectively. A physical release of these tracks has been highly anticipated. These limited edition 7"s are individually numbered and feature exclusive artwork.

    Noel Gallagher takes some time out from feuding with shirty brother, Liam to put together a brand new full-length album with his High-Flying Bird cohorts. We kick things off with the decidedly 'D'You Know What I Mean'-y percussive scree, backed with distant shouting, thundering bass and growing shadowy reverbs on 'Fort Knox', obviously setting up a grand and extended entrance piece. From there we move into the stabbing horns and distorted bass of 'Holy Mountain', perfectly displaying his keen ear for melody, and almost irritating ability for penning a ruthless earworm. From there we move into the sleazy rock and roll of 'Keep On Reaching', owing as much to classic rock as it does disco with the harmonising backing vox and effervescent synth-brass. 

    'She Taught Me How To Fly' presents a truly diverse set of influences, from dreamy synths to the airy ducked bass and dusty snappy percussives, providing a perfect balance between Noel's brilliantly robust compositional techniques and the more avant construction of mesmeric Krautrock or psychedelia. 'Black & White Sunshine' couldn't possibly be any more geared towards Oasis' fans, with that legendary vocal harmony NG does so well making an appearance, as well as the three-chord progressive lift we've heard once or twice before. 

    What is most impressive is that the High Flying Birds have managed to step away from the considerable shadow that Oasis cast, whilst still retaining the melodic elements that made it resonate with so many people.   




    TRACK LISTING

    CD TRACK LISTING (STANDARD & DELUXE)
    1. Fort Knox
    2. Holy Mountain
    3. Keep On Reaching
    4. It’s A Beautiful World
    5. She Taught Me How To Fly
    6. Be Careful What You Wish For
    7. Black & White Sunshine
    8. Interlude (Wednesday Part 1)
    9. If Love Is The Law
    10. The Man Who Built The Moon
    11. End Credits (Wednesday Part 2)
    (Bonus Track) Dead In The Water (Live At RTÉ 2FM Studios, Dublin)

    LP TRACK LISTING
    A SIDE
    1. Fort Knox
    2. Holy Mountain
    3. Keep On Reaching
    4. It’s A Beautiful World
    5. She Taught Me How To Fly
    B SIDE
    6. Be Careful What You Wish For
    7. Black & White Sunshine
    8. Interlude (Wednesday Part 1)
    9. If Love Is The Law
    10.The Man Who Built The Moon
    11.End Credits (Wednesday Part 2)

    Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

    Chasing Yesterday

      Noel's second studio album finds his song-writing in supremely fine fettle, but then you'd expect that from the master-craftsman. This time he has self-produced and included a song which actually pre-dates Oasis, and one from the aborted Amorphous Androgynous sessions. There' a slightly funky vibe left-over from said collaboration and whilst most of the album is choc-full of Noel's classic sounding melodies (albeit with some fairly obvious cribbing) "The  Right Stuff"and opener "Riverman" are the most unusual cuts here, one a spacejazz freakout , the other a seventies acoustic groover inspired by a night out with Morrissey (namecheckin' fact fans!) The remainder of the LP isn't too dissimilar to Noel's debut, but perhaps with a more discernable bottom-end as  gloriously displayed on Noel-by-Numbers  (and therefore superb!) lead single "In The Heat Of The Moment", and the one-of-the-best-things-he's-ever-done follow-up "Ballad Of The Mighty I". All in all, a splendid record.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Martin says: He's still got it!

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Riverman
      2. In The Heat Of The Moment
      3. The Girl With X-Ray Eyes
      4. Lock All The Doors
      5. The Dying Of The Light
      6. The Right Stuff
      7. While The Song Remains The Same
      8. The Mexican
      9. You Know We Can't Go Back
      10. Ballad Of The Mighty I

      Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

      Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

        'Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' is the eponymous release from the solo project of the former Oasis legend, and the first after his acrimonious split from the aforementioned band. Working in both London and Los Angeles between 2010 and 2011, with frequent collaborator Dave Sardy serving as co-producer, Gallagher utilized the talents of now bandmates Jeremy Stacey (drums), Lenny Castro (percussion) and Mike Rowe (keyboards) for the album.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Andy says: Oasis for grown-up people! Excellent songs, none of the baggage.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Everybody’s On The Run
        2. Dream On
        3. If I Had A Gun…
        4. The Death Of You And Me
        5. (I Wanna Live In A Dream In My) Record Machine
        6. AKA... What A Life!
        7. Soldier Boys And Jesus Freaks
        8. AKA... Broken Arrow
        9. (Stranded On) The Wrong Beach
        10. Stop The Clocks


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