Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds have today released ‘Council Skies (The Reflex Revision)’, a remix of Noel's latest single ‘Council Skies’ by French DJ Nicolas Laugier, aka The Reflex. ‘Council Skies’ was released last month as the new single and title track from the eagerly anticipated new studio album, due for release on 2nd June via Sour Mash Records.
This remix follows on from the reworking of ‘Pretty Boy’ by The Cure’s Robert Smith, the latest in a long line of remixes that speak to Noel's roots in electronic music and the Hacienda scene. The Reflex, a long-time collaborator with Noel, has also previously remixed singles for music legends such as Nile Rodgers, Bono and Paul Weller.
Speaking on the track, The Reflex recalls, “Long before I knew this was going to be the album title, I was instantly drawn to ‘Council Skies’, as I too have dreamt underneath those council skies in my youth. Most importantly, it just sounded like a modern masterpiece to me. I hope my remix brings out the gloriousness of it all!’”
Watch the lyric video for ‘Council Skies (The Reflex Revision)’- BELOW:
Council Skies is currently receiving widespread national daytime radio airplay and follows the singles ‘Pretty Boy’ featuring Johnny Marr and ‘Easy Now’, plus ‘Dead To The World’, which Noel says is, “by some distance my favourite tune on the album.” All tracks have received critical acclaim from media and fans alike, building anticipation for the new record.
A decade since the formation of High Flying Birds, the band has achieved four UK Number One albums. ‘Council Skies’, produced by Noel and Paul ‘Strangeboy’ Stacey, is the band’s fourth studio album and Noel’s most complete solo statement to date.
The album artwork, shot by renowned Manchester photographer Kevin Cummins, features Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ live equipment set up in the centre spot of what was the original Maine Road Football Stadium. Regarded as Manchester City FC's spiritual home, this year marks the 100th anniversary since the ground was opened.
The release of ‘Council Skies’ will kick start a huge live season for the band, starting with a 26-date USA tour, co-headlining with US alternative rockers Garbage which will begin on 2nd June. The band then return to the UK to play an array of UK outdoor shows & headline festival performances, including a massive homecoming gig at Manchester’s Wythenshawe Park on August Bank Holiday weekend, followed by their Royal Hospital Kilmainham Show in Dublin, followed by a UK arena tour throughout December 2023. Tickets are on sale here.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
27 August Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin
Deluxe Album Tracklist:
1. I’m Not Giving Up Tonight
2. Pretty Boy
3. Dead To The World
4. Open The Door, See What You Find
5. Trying To Find A World That’s Been And Gone
6. Easy Now
7. Council Skies
8. There She Blows!
9. Love Is A Rich Man
10. Think Of A Number
1. Don’t Stop…
2. We’re Gonna Get There In The End
3. Mind Games
4. Pretty Boy (Instrumental)
5. Dead To The World (Instrumental)
6. Council Skies (Instrumental)
7. Think Of A Number (Instrumental)
8. I’m Not Giving Up Tonight (David Holmes Remix)
9. Think Of A Number (Pet Shop Boys Magic Eye 12” Remix)
10. Pretty Boy (Robert Smith Remix)
11. Council Skies (The Reflex Revision)
12. Flying On The Ground (Radio 2 Session, 08.09.21)
13. You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere (Radio 2 Session, 08.09.21)
14. Live Forever (Radio 2 Session, 08.09.21)