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Listen: Peter Gabriel Releases New Single “Panopticom”

Track is the first to be released from Gabriel's forthcoming album i/o

Peter Gabriel by Nadav Kander
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Peter Gabriel has released a brand new single. The new track is titled “Panopticom” and is the first to be released from Gabriel’s forthcoming record, i/o.

You can hear the track in the player below.

“The first song is based on an idea I have been working on to initiate the creation of an infinitely expandable accessible data globe: The Panopticom,” says Gabriel. “We are beginning to connect a like-minded group of people who might be able to bring this to life, to allow the world to see itself better and understand more of what’s really going on.”

Written and produced by Peter, “Panopticom” was recorded at Real World Studios in Wiltshire and The Beehive in London.

The release of the song on January 6, the first full moon of 2023. is no coincidence. In true Gabriel fashion, the lunar phases will guide the release plan for the new album, with a new song revealed each full moon. That means we can expect the next track to be released on February 5.

“Some of what I’m writing about this time is the idea that we seem incredibly capable of destroying the planet that gave us birth,” Gabriel explains, “and that unless we find ways to reconnect ourselves to nature and to the natural world we are going to lose a lot. A simple way of thinking about where we fit in to all of this is looking up at the sky… and the moon has always drawn me to it.”

Each new release of music will come with a specific piece of art. “Panopticom” features the work ‘Red Gravity’ by artist David Spriggs.

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Peter Gabriel will head out on a European tour in May in support of the new album. The tour will then continue in North America in the late summer/fall with dates and ticket information to follow. 

i/o The Tour will see Gabriel playing new material from his forthcoming album i/o, as well as delving into his extensive catalogue of music, with hits, fan favourites and the unexpected. For the shows, Gabriel will be joined by regular band-mates Tony Levin, David Rhodes and Manu Katché.

Pater Gabriel – “Panopticom”

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