Peter Gabriel Finally Sets 'i/o' Release Date, Details Album

His first album of new material in over two decades arrives in December

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Oct 18, 2023

Since as early as 2021, Peter Gabriel has been teasing a new album. This year, the former Genesis member embarked on his first tour in seven years — which he named after i/o, this mythological 10th studio album that would mark the follow-up to 2002's Up — and shared lead single "Panopticom," and several others paired with full moons to follow, all without having properly announced the album — that is, until now. The singer-songwriter has finally set a release date and detailed the LP.

With Gabriel having reportedly worked on it for the past 20 years, i/o finally comes out December 1 through Real World Records. It was recorded primarily between Real World Studios in Bath and Gabriel's home studio, and each song has been privy to two separate stereo mixes: the "Bright-Side Mix" by Mark "Spike Stent" and the "Dark-Side Mix" by Tchad Blake. (There's also a third Dolby Atmos mix — the "In-Side Mix" — by Hans-Martin Buff included with the three-disc version of the album.)

"We have two of the greatest mixers in the world in Tchad and Spike and they definitely bring different characters to the songs," the artist said in a statement. "Tchad is very much a sculptor building a journey with sound and drama, Spike loves sound and assembling these pictures, so he's more of a painter."

Gabriel continued, "After a year's worth of full moon releases, I'm very happy to see all these new songs back together on the good ship i/o and ready for their journey out into the world." i/o is set to feature appearances from a number of collaborators, including Brian Eno, David Rhodes, Tony Levin, Manu Katché, the Soweto Gospel Choir, Oprhei Drängar, and the New Blood Orchestra.

Find full tracklist details below.


1. Panopticom
2. The Court
3. Playing for Time
4. i/o
5. Four Kinds of Horses
6. Road to Joy
7. So Much
8. Olive Tree
9. Love Can Heal
10. This Is Home
11. And Still
12. Live and Let Live

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