Noel Gallagher today announced a new single, ‘If Love Is The Law’, from his 2017 album Who Built The Moon? with the High Flying Birds. From September 14th, fans can get their hands on a 12″ vinyl of the track, with ‘Alone On The Rope’ on the B-side, and on digital platforms from August 17th. Pre-order the vinyl here.
‘If Love Is The Law’ is also released as a 12” vinyl, including a ltd edition picture disc on September 14th, featuring B side ‘Alone On The Rope’.
Pre-order here ▶︎ https://t.co/mt8aRji0bQ pic.twitter.com/GcKzlIO42f
— Noel Gallagher (@NoelGallagher) July 13, 2018
The track is a classic Noel pop song. Harking back to his days in Oasis, it has considered lyrics, a jubilant singalong chorus and chiming acoustic guitars, as well as a southern-sounding harmonica solo on the tail-end from Johnny Marr, Gallagher’s friend and the ex-Smiths lead guitarist.
The B-side has raised some questions, though. First released seven years ago in 2011, ‘Alone On The Rope’ was to one fan ‘exceedingly lazy even by Noel’s standards’.
Alone On The Rope! Come on NG! That song is about 6 years old! Where are the new B-sides? You have tones stashed in the vaults!
— Mr Lazza Lazza (@DarrenLaffin) July 13, 2018
Released back in late 2017, Who Built The Moon? garnered acclaim from critics but was beaten commercially by his brother Liam’s rival As You Were LP, which came out around the same time. The album as a whole continued Gallagher’s experimentation with psychedelic rock, which he explored on Oasis’ Dig Out Your Soul back in 2008, as well as his previous Flying Birds release Chasing Yesterday.
Noel and the High Flying Birds are playing at Edinburgh Castle next Thursday. The band will return to Scotland for two shows at Thornhill’s Electric Fields weekend on August 30th. On September 1, they’re heading to the Downs Festival in Bristol. Get all your tickets here.