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WATCH: Noel Gallagher Releases Artful, Psychedelic Visual For ‘It’s A Beautiful World’

 

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Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds just released a visual for "It's a Beautiful World," the second single from the former Oasis member's latest album, Who Built the Moon?, following "Holy Mountain."

The video finds Gallagher and the band performing the track in the studio, intercut with archival footage and film stock inserts, evoking a psychedelic vibe. The '60s is alive in the video and in the whole album as well, which was released late November last year.

Gallagher splices his uplifting, optimistic lyrics with images of vileness and cruelty, such as the war, disasters, and destruction.

"It's a beautiful world / It's a beautiful night," he croons, somehow extracting empowerment in the juxtaposition of calm and chaos. Then the clip travels back to find Gallagher and his band back in the studio, performing still.

The song ends with a spoken word performance in French inspired by Gallic art house cinema. "It's a Beautiful World" was produced by renowned DJ and composer David Holmes.

"After Noel wrote the song he asked me about getting a French vocalist to do some kind of spoken word, so I called my friend Charlotte Courbe and played her an extract from a French short film that I always loved and wanted to borrow from," said Holmes while discussing the visual. "She then produced an astounding piece of writing that contrasted Noel's song and music so beautifully."

The single, to be released in vinyl format, is now available for preorder, and each purchase comes with a picture disc and a demo track called "God Help Us All."

Who Built the Moon? is available now. Upon release, the album was met with positive reception, with some critics praising its impeccable execution.

"Noel knows how to construct a sturdy song and Holmes knows how to dress them up in flashy clothes, and the combination results in Gallagher's best album since splitting up Oasis," reads AllMusic's review.

"His latest with the High Flying Birds is a dazzling mess spackled together from the influences he's been tapping since Oasis' golden age — post-Stone Roses rave rock ('Fort Knox'), glam stomp ('Holy Mountain'), Smiths-Beatles shimmer ('Black & White Sunshine'). It wouldn't be Noel without a little grumpy snark (the bitter space-soul of 'Careful What You Wish For'). But mixed with the musical highs, that's part of his charm," reads Rolling Stone's review.

You can watch the music video for "It's a Beautiful World" below. If you have any thoughts, feel free to share them in the comments section below!

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