Noel Gallagher has announced his confirmed his new album, Who Built the Moon?, for a November 24 release. The album also features friends and fellow British rock vets Paul Weller (playing organ on “Holy Mountain”) and Johnny Marr (playing guitar and harmonica on “If Love Is The Law”). 

Although again credited to Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, his “band” is fluid. Previous High Flying Birds Jeremy Stacey (drums) and Tim Smith (guitars) have left. They are replaced by former Oasis members, Chris Sharrock and Gem Archer respectively. Gallagher himself plays electric and acoustic guitars and also bass on the album. Despite the presence of former Oasis members, Gallagher has told BBC 6 Music that it’s a very different record to anything he’s released before, either with Oasis or his two previous solo albums. It was mostly written in the studio and is more experimental and loop based: “We couldn’t have made this record in Oasis,” Gallagher said, “there would have been bedlam.”

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“People are going to be surprised,” said co-producer and DJ David Holmes, in a statement. “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.”

Brother Liam Gallagher has been unable to resist his usual Twitter broadsides at his elder brother, about the album’s “experimental” tag and its line-up of guests.

“Psychedelic music by a beige drip is like a vegetarian trying to sell you a kebab as you were,” Liam wrote on Twitter. “It takes more than wheeling out your old mate Uri Geller [that will be Paul Weller, apparently] and Har Mar Superstar [Johnny Marr] to make a so-called out there record snoozer as you were.” Liam Gallagher’s solo debut, As You Were, is out October 6.

Noel is, of course, ignoring all Liam’s baiting. Noel Gallagher also announced a 2018 North American tour and, partnering with Reverb.com, is also selling almost 50 vintage gear items from his Oasis days. (If nothing else, the sale is a very strong signal that Oasis is very much over.) You can preview the Noel Gallagher gear sale here.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds Who Built the Moon? Track List:

  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)”

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds USA Tour Dates

February 9 2018 — Detroit, MI @ The Cathedral at Masonic Temple

February 10 — Columbus, OH @ Express Live!

February 12 — Washington, DC @ Anthem

February 13 — Philadelphia, PA @ Merriam Theater

February 15 — New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall

February 17 — Boston, MA @ Opera House

February 18 — Montreal, QC @ Place des Arts

February 20 — Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

February 23 — Cleveland, OH @ Goodyear Theater

February 24 — Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre

February 25 — Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre

February 27 — Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium

February 28 — Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle

March 2 — New Orleans, LA @ Orpheum Theatre

March 3 — Houston, TX @ House of Blues

March 5 — Austin, TX @ Moody Theater At ACL Live

March 6 — Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theater

March 9 — Las Vegas, NV @ The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan

March 10 — Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater

March 12 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Orpheum