When asked who the High Flying Birds were, Noel Gallagher replied "They arenʼt anyone in particular. Noel Gallagherʼs High Flying Birds is me and whoever is around at the time of whatever it is that Iʼm doing, a loose collective kinda thing."
Gallagher began his career in music by lugging amplifiers on and off tour buses for The Inspiral Carpets. Then he captured the voices, hopes and dreams of millions with Oasis, who went on to become the biggest bands of the last two decades. Now he has fashioned a masterpiece that takes the Noel Gallagher trademarks — melancholic verse lines, euphoric choruses, a suggestion that everything's going to be OK when the rain clears — and thrown them out into the cosmos.
From the New Orleans ragtime stomp of 'The Death Of You And Me' to the Ennio Morricone-inspired, string-laden drama of 'Everybodyʼs On The Run' and the choral swell of '(I Wanna Live In A Dream In My) Record Machine', Noel Gallagherʼs High Flying Birds is an ambitious, rainbow-colored epic of an album. It is the product of an enquiring mind, fired up by new discoveries as much as a basic, unquenchable need to get a message out to the world.
Noel Gallagherʼs High Flying Birds, with its psychedelic tinges, eternal themes of love, loss and hope, and wine glass and saw solo sections, pushes its creator towards places he has never gone before. "Youʼve got to try, havenʼt you? … All the great bands stumbled on something they didnʼt know was there before, and ended up doing their own thing. And ultimately, youʼre searching for "it", whatever "it" is. If youʼre switched on you can find it — regularly," says Gallagher.
Catch Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds at the 2012 FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX.
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