Peter Gabriel Releases New Song “i/o (Bright-Side Mix)”
British singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel released the fourth single called “i/o (Bright-Side Mix)” from his upcoming tenth studio album “i/o” on April 6, 2023.
Peter Gabriel wrote and produced the song, and recorded at Real World Studios in Wiltshire.
The song features Soweto Gospel Choir, who were recorded at High Seas Studios in South Africa.
Peter Gabriel said of the song, “The song is i/o and i/o means input / output. You see it on the back of a lot of electrical equipment and it just triggered some ideas about the stuff we put in and pull out of ourselves, in physical and non-physical ways. That was the starting point of this idea and then trying to talk about the interconnectedness of everything.”
He continued, “The older I get, I probably don't get any smarter, but I have learned a few things and it makes a lot of sense to me that we are not these independent islands that we like to think we are, that we are part of a whole. If we can see ourselves as better connected, still messed up individuals, but as part of a whole, then maybe there's something to learn?”
The new album “i/o” will be released in 2023. “i/o” has long-been known within fan circles, and as we now know is the name of the album and the forthcoming tour, “it's been around for a long time as a title for this project,” Peter Gabriel said. “I always knew I was going to write a song called i/o, but the title came first.”
For the release of the album, Peter Gabriel planed the theme of working with a different artist for each song release.
This month's track is accompanied by a cover image featuring the work of Olafur Eliasson, who is someone Peter first met when the artist was launching his Little Sun Project.
Peter Gabriel said, “Olafur Eliasson is an extraordinary artist who, in many ways I think, is the king of light. A lot of his work is to do with light and with nature and I really felt that for this song in particular he would be absolutely perfect and I was delighted when he said, yes. This piece is called Colour experiment no. 114, from 2022.
I think Olafur is a mixture between artist, scientist and magician. He always has a mission and something to say about the world and nature and light and our experience of it and that helps us to reconsider how we interact with our environment.”
Photo by Arnold Newman
Background photo by York Tillye
- source : Spotify