i/o, by Peter Gabriel (2024)

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    This is the Bright-Side Mix, 2LP black vinyl, cut at 33rpm. It comes in a gatefold jacket, with obi-strip, 32page booklet and hi-res download card.

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    This is the Dark-Side Mix, 2LP black vinyl, cut at 33rpm. It comes in a gatefold jacket, with obi-strip, 32page booklet and hi-res download card.

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    Release date for Box Set is 26 April 2024
    This Box-Set comes in a foil blocked, clamshell box with obi-band, containing both stereo mixes of the album across 4 pieces of black vinyl cut at 33rpm. The same mixes also appear across two CDs and the In-Side Mixes on a Blu-ray in Dolby Atmos. The Blu-ray also contains 24/96 versions of the Bright-Side and Dark-Side stereo mixes.
    Also included is a casebound book with expanded liner notes and a poster.

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    This is the 2CD release, featuring both the Bright-Side Mix and Dark-Side Mix. The two discs come in a 6panel digi-pack, with obi-strip and 32page booklet.

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    This is the 2CD+Blu-ray release, featuring both the Bright-Side Mix and Dark-Side Mix stereo mixes on CD as well as a Blu-ray with the In-Side Mix (Dolby Atmos). The Blu-ray also contains the 24/96 hi-res stereo Bright-Side and Dark-Side mixes. The three discs come in an 8panel digi-pack, with obi-strip and 32page booklet.

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  • More than 20 years in the making, I/o is Peter Gabriel’s first album of new material since 2002’s Up.

    Whispers and rumours have speculated about its musical direction, about its songs, and about what they have to say. Not that there haven’t been tastes of what’s in store over the past few months. Since January 2023, Peter has been releasing a new song from the album on the occasion of every full moon. Being revealed roughly every four weeks, each track has been allowed to find its own time and space, to enjoy its own orbit. “It’s a little like getting a Lego piece each month,” Peter explains. Now it’s time to stand back and admire the final, completed creation.

    And what a creation – 12 tracks of grace, gravity and great beauty that provide welcome confirmation of not only Peter’s ongoing ability to write stop-you-in-your-tracks songs but also of that thrilling voice, still perfectly, delightfully intact. Throughout the album the intelligent and thoughtful – often thought-provoking – songs tackle life and the universe. Our connection to the world around us – ‘I’m just a part of everything’ Peter sings on title track i/o – is a recurring motif, but so too the passing of time, mortality and grief, alongside such themes as injustice, surveillance and the roots of terrorism. But this is not a solemn record. While reflective, the mood is never despondent; i/o is musically adventurous, often joyous and ultimately full of hope, topped off as it is, by the rousingly optimistic closing song, Live and Let Live.

    Peter also always looks towards pushing the boundaries that most artists are reluctant to nudge. i/o is not simply a collection of a dozen songs. All 12 tracks are subject to two stereo mixes: the Bright-Side Mix, handled by Mark ‘Spike’ Stent, and the Dark-Side Mix, as reshaped by Tchad Blake. “We have two of the greatest mixers in the world in Tchad and Spike and they definitely bring different characters to the songs. Tchad is very much a sculptor building a journey with sound and drama, Spike loves sound and assembling these pictures, so he’s more of a painter.” Both versions are included on the double-CD package, and are also available separately as double vinyl albums. And that’s not all. A third version – the In-Side Mix, in Dolby Atmos, comes courtesy of Hans-Martin Buff “doing a wonderful job generating these much more three-dimensional mixes” and is included in three-disc set, including Blu-ray.

    The lengthy gestation of i/o means it has a sizeable cast list. Peter has kept his trusty inner circle of musicians close to hand, which means guitarist David Rhodes, bassist Tony Levin and drummer Manu Katché are sterling presences throughout. Several songs bear the fingerprints of long-time associate Brian Eno, whilst there are notable contributions from the likes of Richard Russell, pianist Tom Cawley, trumpeters Josh Shpak and Paolo Fresu, cellist Linnea Olsson and keyboard player Don E. Peter’s daughter Melanie contributes warm backing vocals, as does Ríoghnach Connolly of The Breath, while Real World regulars Richard Chappell, Oli Jacobs, Katie May and Richard Evans collectively provide programming and play various instruments. Soweto Gospel Choir and Swedish all-male choir Oprhei Drängar lend their magnificent harmonies to a selection of tracks, and the mass strings of the New Blood Orchestra, led by John Metcalfe, both soothe and soar.

    Peter invited a range of visual artists to contribute a piece of art to accompany each track on both the US and UP albums, the idea being that the work would be inspired by, or would act as a reaction to, the song that had been allotted. This idea has been revisited with i/o, with each of the 12 songs being handed to a world-renowned artist to create or provide an accompanying work, whether paint, photography, sculpture or even Plasticine.

    The dozen artists make an exceedingly impressive team of collaborators: Ai Weiwei, Nick Cave, Olafur Eliasson, Henry Hudson, Annette Messager, Antony Micallef, David Moreno, Cornelia Parker, Megan Rooney, Tim Shaw, David Spriggs and Barthélémy Toguo. Having handpicked the artists, Peter recognises that “They have the same obsessive attention to their visual work that we musicians have in sound.”

    There’s another visual link with Peter’s past work. The cover shot, taken by photographer Nadav Kander, echoes with the covers of his earlier albums, always present but, with the exception of So, intriguingly obscured or manipulated.

    These echoes of the past might resonate, but i/o is fundamentally an album of – and for – the here and now. Many of its themes may be timeless, but they’re also warnings that we’re living on borrowed time, both as a planet and as individuals. As Peter sings on the divine So Much, “this edition is limited”.

    released December 1, 2023

    Words and Music by Peter Gabriel
    Published by Real World Music Ltd / Sony Music Publishing

    Produced by Peter Gabriel, except Four Kinds of Horses by Peter Gabriel and Richard Russell and Road to Joy by Peter Gabriel and Brian Eno
    Bright-Side Mix by Mark ‘Spike’ Stent
    Dark-Side Mix by Tchad Blake
    Mastered by Matt Colton at Metropolis

    Recorded at Real World Studios, Bath and The Beehive, London
    New Blood Orchestra recorded at British Grove, London
    Soweto Gospel Choir recorded at High Seas Studios, South Africa
    Orphei Drängar Choir recorded at Alfvénsalen, Uppsala, Sweden
    Additional recording on Four Kinds of Horses at The Copper House, London, on Love Can Heal at Rexall Place, Edmonton, Canada (Rock, Paper, Scissors) and on Live and Let Live at ArteSuono Studio, Cavalicco(UD), Italy

    P&C 2023 Peter Gabriel Ltd
    The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Peter Gabriel Ltd
    PG21

    i/o, by Peter Gabriel (2024)
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