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Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds Gets Trippy with New EP ‘This Is The Place’ (Listen)

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Noel Gallagher‘s gone … disco/funk?

On Friday, the longtime Oasis songwriter/guitarist/Britpop icon released a new EP with his solo project, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, and it’s highly danceable.

This might seem somewhat surprising for the man known for straightforward Oasis anthems such as “Wonderwall,” “Live Forever” and “Champagne Supernova,” but he’s dabbled in experimentation since Oasis went its separate ways in 2009.

The five-song EP features three new songs and two remixes, and is an intriguing addition to his catalog. It’s also the follow-up to the Black Star Dancing EP, which came out over the summer.

No mention of a Gallagher brother is allowed on the internet without a reference to the other, so it must be pointed out that this new release from Noel comes exactly one week after Liam Gallagher unleashed his second proper solo album, Why Me? Why Not., which does not venture out into funk territory as much as this new effort from Noel.

While we’re on the topic of Oasis, the band’s breakthrough 1994 debut record Definitely Maybe recently turned 25. A new feature on this website dives into the story behind it, from writer Jeff Slate.

Among the comments from the principal band members and engineers involved in the crafting of the record is this, from Noel:

Noel Gallagher: You’re only in that position once. You’ve had your whole life to get to that point, and the only expectation people have is that you’re going to have a good time and maybe make a single. But by the time I’d written “Live Forever” and “Cigarettes and Alcohol” and “Supersonic,” I did feel a bit unstoppable.

He WAS unstoppable back then, as was Oasis as a unit. And now, 25 years later, Noel Gallagher, with his project Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, remains unstoppable in his personal musical vision, as evidenced by the new music he’s just put out.

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