Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Announce 'Council Skies' Album, Share New Single "Easy Now"

Johnny Marr plays on three tracks

BY Alex HudsonPublished Jan 17, 2023

Onetime Oasis bloke Noel Gallagher has announced his latest album with his High Flying Birds. Council Skies is out June 2 via Sour Mash, and the single "Easy Now" is out now.

Gallagher co-produced the album with Paul "Strangeboy" Stacey, a longtime collaborator who has worked with Gallagher since the Oasis days. Tracking took place at Gallager's own London studio, Lone Star Sound Recording, with strings laid down at Abbey Road Studios. (Appropriately, Gallagher appeared in Mary McCartney's recent Abbey Road doc.)

Johnny Marr plays on three tracks, including previously released single "Pretty Boy."

The newly released "Easy Now" video features Gallagher along with Milly Alcock, who was the younger version of Rhaenyra Targaryen in House of the Dragon. Scroll past the tracklist to watch it below.

"It's going back to the beginning," Gallagher said in a statement. "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 album is available to pre-order in various forms from Gallagher's online store. The deluxe version features a number of bonus tracks, including remixes by Robert Smith and Pet Shop Boys.

Council Skies:

1. I'm Not Giving Up Tonight
2. Pretty Boy
3. Dead to the World
4. Open the Door, See What You Find
5. Trying to Find a World That's Been and Gone
6. Easy Now
7. Council Skies
8. There She Blows!
9. Love Is a Rich Man
10. Think of a Number

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