Hear another new song from Peter Gabriel, “i/o (Bright-Side Mix)”
Peter Gabriel has been ramping up anticipation for his upcoming album i/o, which will be his first new album of all-original material in over 20 years. As of yet, he hasn’t announced a release date for the album, though it’s expected out in May. And he’s released a handful of singles, including “Panopticom.” Today he’s shared another new song from the album, “i/o (Bright-Side Mix)” which you can hear below. It features the Soweto Gospel Choir, who were recorded at High Seas Studios in South Africa.
Gabriel said in a statement, “This month 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.
“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?”
Read our recent Treble 100 essay on Peter Gabriel’s So. His live album, Plays Live, is also featured on our list of the 50 Best Live Albums.