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Peter Gabriel’s output as of late has admittedly been for the nostalgics, what with last year’s deluxe reissue of So and the all-star covers compilation And I’ll Scratch Yours. That’s about to change, though, as the singer-songwriter recently told Rolling Stone that he intends to craft his first album of new, original material since 2002’s Up.
“I’ve got some new music,” he discussed, citing a number of outstanding responsibilities involving “music, technology, and benefit projects” that he must address first. He added: “I really need to stop doing other things and lock myself away for a while. It probably hasn’t moved nearly as much as I would have liked to in the intervening time. The songs are still there but some of them I would redo now and there’s some new stuff as well.”
This isn’t the first time he’s rolled out the blueprints for said project. Back in 2005, Gabriel announced that the follow-up record was going to be called I/O. That title is something he still plans on using, including a pool of material that spans around 20 tracks.
“There are other ideas that are needing formation,” he explained. “I did a song for a Guillermo Arriaga film called Why Don’t You Show Yourself. It was done quite simply and I liked that approach. It wasn’t the sort of rhythmic project that I imagined. I thought maybe one or two songs in that style might actually be fun to do. I keep arranging until the cows come home, which is sometimes a weakness.”
As for a specific release date, Gabriel joked that he’d “rather just pick a month rather than a year,” insisting “it’s safer that way.” To hear more genius responses from Gabriel, including thoughts on individual tracks from And I’ll Scratch Yours, potential collaborations with Thom Yorke and Phish, comments regarding Phil Collins’ interest in a Genesis reunion, and his take on the ever-growing Spotify controversy, read the full interview here.