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Peter Gabriel Releases New Single 'Four Kinds of Horses (Bright-Side Mix' + Announces Tour Dates


By Stevie Connor. Photo Credit: Nadav Kander.



On the full moon of Friday May 5th, Peter Gabriel released the next track from his forthcoming album i/o. This month the song is "Four Kinds of Horses" and first-up is the 'Bright-Side Mix'.

Written by Peter Gabriel and produced by Peter Gabriel and Richard Russell, "Four Kinds of Horses" was recorded at Real World Studios in Wiltshire, The Beehive and Copper House in London.

"Four Kinds of Horses actually began on Richard Russell’s project ‘Everything Is Recorded’. He’s a friend (and founder of XL Records) and he asked me to pop in to his studio. I came up with some chords, melodies and words on top of a groove he was working on. We tried a few things that didn't altogether work and so it laid dormant for quite a while. Then I started playing around with it again and changed the mood and the groove and something else began to emerge with a better chorus.

There were a number of things that triggered ideas for the song as it developed, including the Buddhist parable of the Four Kinds of Horses, which describes different ways a student can approach their spiritual practice. There is also a focus on “the interesting overlap of religion and peace on the one hand and violence and terrorism on the other. There was also a wonderful film by Hany Abu-Assad called ‘Paradise Now’ which shows two young men who end up being trained to become terrorists and it's a real insight into where the head goes.”

As well as Russell, who set things in motion, "Four Kinds of Horses" also features Brian Eno on synths which “sounded like electric worms to me,” says Gabriel. “As soon as I heard one I thought they would make a great three dimensional wall paper of sound and asked Brian to create eleven more.” John Metcalfe again provides string arrangements, “beautiful work and as the song progresses, the strings play a key role” and backing vocals from Peter’s daughter Melanie, “another lovely moment for a dad.”

Continuing the theme of working with a different artist for each song release, this month’s track is accompanied by a cover image featuring the work of Cornelia Parker.

"This month we have a fascinating artist, Cornelia Parker, who does some extraordinary work. When we were originally looking at the Art from Us project, I'd seen some of her stuff with exploding rooms and had been fascinated by that, so I'm really happy that she agreed to work with us on this. The photogravure technique of William Henry Fox Talbot was an inspiration for her in this piece, and some of the other glass-based images in the series. I fell in love with this particular work - it's called ‘Snap."

Just like the previous full moon releases, "Four Kinds of Horses" will come with differing mix approaches from Mark ‘Spike’ Stent (Bright-Side Mix), released on 5 May. Tchad Blake (Dark-Side Mix) and Hans-Martin Buff’s Atmos mix (In-Side Mix), released later in the month.

As well as new music, Peter Gabriel is about to embark on a tour with dates in the UK, Europe and North America.

i/o The Tour 2023

Europe & UK

Thursday, 18 May Krakow, Poland TAURON Arena

Saturday, 20 May Verona, Italy Verona Arena

Sunday, 21 May Milan, Italy Mediolanum Arena

Tuesday, 23 May Paris, France AccorHotels Arena

Wednesday, 24 May Lille, France Stade Pierre-Mauroy

Friday, 26 May Berlin, Germany Waldbuehne

Sunday, 28 May Munich, Germany Koenigsplatz

Tuesday, 30 May Copenhagen, Denmark Royal Arena

Wednesday, 31 May Stockholm, Sweden Avicii Arena

Friday, 2 June Bergen, Norway Koengen

Monday, 5 June Amsterdam, Netherlands Ziggo Dome

Tuesday, 6 June Antwerp, Belgium Sportpaleis

Thursday, 8 June Zurich, Switzerland Hallenstadion

Saturday, 10 June Cologne, Germany Lanxess Arena

Monday, 12 June Hamburg, Germany Barclays Arena

Tuesday, 13 June Frankfurt, Germany Festhalle

Thursday, 15 June Bordeaux, France Arkea Arena

Saturday, 17 June Birmingham, UK Utilita Arena

Monday, 19 June London, UK The O2

Tuesday, 20 June Nottingham, UK Motorpoint Arena

Thursday, 22 June Glasgow, UK OVO Hydro

Friday, 23 June Manchester, UK AO Arena

Sunday, 25 June Dublin, Ireland 3Arena

North America

Friday, 8 September Quebec City, QC Videotron Centre

Saturday, 9 September Ottawa, ON Canadian Tire Centre

Monday, 11 September Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena

Wednesday, 13 September Montreal, QC Bell Centre

Thursday, 14 September Boston, MA TD Garden

Saturday, 16 September Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center

Monday, 18 September New York, NY Madison Square Garden

Wednesday, 20 September Washington, DC Capital One Arena

Friday, 22 September Buffalo, NY Keybank Center

Saturday, 23 September Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena

Monday, 25 September Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena

Wednesday, 27 September Cleveland, OH Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse

Friday, 29 September Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena

Saturday, 30 September Chicago, IL United Center

Monday, 2 October Milwaukee, WI Fiserv Forum

Tuesday, 3 October St Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center

Saturday, 7 October Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena

Sunday, 8 October Seattle, WA Climate Pledge Arena

Wednesday, 11 October San Francisco, CA Chase Center

Friday, 13 October Los Angeles, CA Kia Forum

Saturday 14 October Palm Springs, CA Acrisure Arena

Monday, 16 October Denver, CO Ball Arena

Wednesday, 18 October Austin, TX Moody Center

Thursday, 19 October Dallas, TX American Airlines Center

Saturday, 21 October Houston, TX Toyota Center



Photo Credit:: 'Snap' by Cornelia Parker



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