Following last year’s ‘Scratch My Back’ album, where Peter Gabriel reinterpreted a diverse selection of other artists’ songs, comes ‘NEW BLOOD’.
‘NEW BLOOD’ features re-imagined arrangements of many of Peter’s songs which dispense with the traditional weapons of the rock armoury – no guitar, or drum kits – the lyrics are exposed and laid bare, often taking new meaning with the passing of the years.
This treatment is applied with painstaking attention to detail and stunning effect to songs including ‘Digging In The Dirt’, ‘Don’t Give Up’, ‘Downside Up’, ‘Intruder’, ‘Mercy Street’ ‘ The Rhythm of the Heat’ and the spine tingling, atmospheric ‘San Jacinto’. Working together, acclaimed composer and arranger John Metcalfe, Peter and the New Blood Orchestra have given each track a new depth and a powerful significance. These tracks were recorded with a 46-piece orchestra, conducted by Ben Foster.
In addition to the album’s 12 songs, there’s a special bonus track of ‘Solsbury Hill’ (introduced by ‘A Quiet Moment’; 5-minutes of ambient sound recorded by Peter’s long-term engineer, Dickie Chappell, actually on Solsbury Hill).
‘NEW BLOOD’ tracklisting:
The Rhythm of the Heat
Downside Up (ft. Melanie Gabriel)
In Your Eyes
Don’t Give Up (ft. Ane Brun)
Digging in the Dirt
The Nest that Sailed the Sky
A Quiet Moment
Solsbury Hill (bonus track)
The album will be available as a standard single-disc & digital download. There will also be a special edition 2-CD version of New Blood which will include the standard album plus a disc of instrumental versions with an added bonus track. In addition there is a heavyweight vinyl version that comes with a bonus 7″ featuring ‘A Quiet Moment’ and ‘Solsbury Hill’. The vinyl will be available from November 7th.
NEW BLOOD’ was inspired by the concept of ‘Scratch My Back’ after Peter and arranger John Metcalfe started to apply orchestral arrangements to some of Peter’s own songs for the accompanying tour, culminating in a filmed concert, ‘New Blood – Live In London’, at Hammersmith Apollo on March 23rd this year which will be made available as a 3D, Blu-ray and standard DVD – out on October 23rd through Eagle Rock Entertainment.