Peter Gabriel has shared a new single called “Road to Joy (Bright-Side Mix).” It's the newest track from his forthcoming LP i/o, which is set for release in late 2023.
The song was recorded at four locations: Real World Studios in Bath, the Beehive and British Grove in London, and High Seas Studios in Johannesburg, South Africa. Brian Eno co-produced the funky song, with contributions from the Soweto Gospel Choir and members of Gabriel’s touring band. The track also includes a string arrangement by John Metcalfe.
In a statement, Gabriel detailed the new song and upcoming album. "I’m working on a project which is partly a story focused around the brain and how we perceive things and this song connects to that," he said. "It deals with near-death experience and locked-in syndrome situations where people are unable to communicate or to move."
For several months, Gabriel has released songs from i/o on each full moon. He released the title track in April, and collaborated with XL Recordings boss Richard Russell for last month’s “Four Kinds of Horses.” Each release is paired with a new artist and artwork; this month’s is Ai Weiwei’s Middle Finger in Pink.
Listen to "Road to Joy (Bright-Side Mix)" below.
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