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Peter Gabriel Releases New Song 'Road to Joy (Bright-Side Mix)

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.

Gabriel is currently on tour in Europe, with dates in North America set for September. Tickets can be found here.

Listen to "Road to Joy (Bright-Side Mix)" below.

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Article Image: Portrait of Peter Gabriel sitting and smiling. (Joi [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons.)

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