NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS
Who Built The Moon?
The senior Gallagher’s new offering contrasts with Liam’s in its maturity of conception and massive psycho-psychedelic soundscapes, and when it does offer Oasis moments, notably The Man Who Built The Moon, even these push the production envelope. Indeed it’s hard not to compare the vibe as well as the concept of continuity through connected instrumental sections with Paul Weller’s output since ‘22 Dreams’, an album on which Noel guested, as Weller does here on the near glam-rock Holy Mountain (he’s relegated to playing organ, mind). Producer David Holmes is known for his film soundtracks, which may explain why some songs sound as if recorded in an underground bucket, though never slipping into the anti-production of Liam’s album, rather building endless layers (an alarm clock rings for a full two minutes on the opener Fort Knox) until the mix gets mushed under the weight. But it’s the better set by far.