Peter Gabriel recently released “Road to Joy,” the sixth track from his forthcoming album i/o.
Written by Gabriel and produced by Gabriel and Brian Eno, the song was recorded at Real World Studios, Bath, The Beehive and British Grove, London and High Seas Studios, South Africa.
“Road to Joy” features Soweto Gospel Choir, a string arrangement from John Metcalfe and contributions from a number of Gabriel’s current touring band; long-time collaborators Tony Levin (bass), David Rhodes (guitar) and Manu Katche (drums) as well as two newer members Don E (bass keys), and Josh Shpak (trumpet).
‘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,” said Gabriel. “It deals with near-death experience and locked-in syndrome situations where people are unable to communicate or to move. It’s an amazingly frustrating condition.”
He continued. “There have been some great books and films about this subject, but at this point in our story the people looking after our hero manage to find a way to wake him up. So, it’s a lyric about coming back into your senses, back to life, back into the world.”
As with previous full moon releases, “Road to Joy” comes with an artist of the month. For this June release the artist is Ai Weiwei and his work ‘Middle Finger in Pink’.
Since the release of “Four Kinds of Horses” last month, Peter Gabriel has begun the European leg of the i/o tour, which is garnering rave reviews across the continent.
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