hmv.com presents… Albums Of 2015: #1 Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Every day during January we’re going to be previewing the albums that are going to be hitting the shelves in 2015. Most will definitely come out, some probably will, and some we really hope finally come out (we’re looking at you Adele…). We begin today with one-time Oasis axeman Noel Gallagher, who is preparing to release his second solo album...
A little background…
The transition from guitarist to fully fledged solo artist isn’t normally an easy one, but, as he’s done in all of his 20-plus year career, Noel Gallagher made it look staggeringly easy. Arriving at the end of 2011, Gallagher’s first solo album was packed with warm-hearted, sunny indie anthems, most were guitar driven, some like the dancey ‘AKA… What A Life’ and the dust in throat, rootsy ‘The Death Of You And Me’ showed a little experimentation, all of which held together to make a very compelling record, his best for a decade at least.
He began the campaign playing theatres, ended it topping festival bills and in arenas and now arrives with his second solo album...
What It's Called?
It’s called Chasing Yesterday. Not a bad title, suitably psychdelic, but Gallagher himself has already gone off it. Speaking the day the album was announced, he said of the title: “Effectively it doesn't really have a title, I couldn't really come up with a title for it and every time I did somebody would say to me that's f***ing s**t. I literally came up with it last week but it'll have to do for now, if I could change it I would change it.”
He’d go on to say that he wished he “could stick an album out with a plain white sticker on it and say ''Call it what you want''. Maybe next time he will….
What Will It Sound Like?
We’ve heard one single ‘In The Heat Of The Moment’ (you can hear it below…) and it keeps much of what was brilliant about Gallagher’s first solo effort. It’s warm, shuffling indie rock and roll with a great chorus.
‘Do The Damage’ which is only on the album’s deluxe edition, is in much the same vein, but more in debted to the slick glam pop of T-Rex and Roxy Music. It’s just as catchy though.
Who's Producing It? Are There Any Big-Name Guests?
For the first time in his career, Gallagher himself has stepped into the producer’s chair. Normally when artists do this they talk about the liberation and how much they enjoy being their own boss. Gallagher, who has always had a dry, cynical take on everything, described the process with typical panache. “It was a major pain in the arse” he said, adding “"It’s not that I’ve ever had people telling me what to write or what direction to go in, but managing sessions from one end of the week to the other proved extremely difficult. I had all these people looking at me and saying: ‘right, what are we doing today?’ I was making the whole thing up as I went along.”
He does have one very special guest though, one Johnny Marr, guitarist in little known band The Smiths, he helped Gallagher out on ‘Ballad Of The Mighty I’, which closes the album.
Will It Really Come Out This Year? And When?
Oh yeah. It’s due out on March 2nd and Noel’s got an arena tour booked for the same time. You can find all the dates here.