Ex-Oasis songwriter Noel Gallagher unveils solo albums

6th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

Former Oasis guitarist and songwriter Noel Gallagher returned to the music world Wednesday with the announcement he had written two solo albums, the first of which will be released in October.

Two years after feuding with his brother Liam, who was Oasis frontman, led to the band splitting up, he announced an eponymous album by his band "Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds" would be released on October 17.

The album was recorded in London and Los Angeles over the last 18 months and features 10 new tracks.

The band will tour shortly after the release of the album, with the first gig in Dublin, Gallagher told a press conference in central London.

Gallagher, 44, said the record marked a departure from what he did when he was at Oasis.

"It's not very guitar hero," he told reporters, adding: "There isn't a guitar solo until the sixth track."

But he reassured fans that some of the songs would have a familiar sound.

"People who are fans of what I do will hear echoes of what Oasis do in there," he said.

The second album, as yet untitled, is a collaboration with a psychedelic band called "Amorphous Androgynous" and will be released in 2012.

He said it would not be mainstream and described it as "far out".

"It's the furthest out I've ever been, let's put it that way," he said, to laughs from reporters.

Oasis split up in August, 2009, after one row too many between Liam and Noel, whose explosive sibling rivalry was a central feature of one of Britain's most successful bands of modern times.

Noel walked out after the argument at a music festival near Paris, marking the end of a band that had been in the vanguard of the 'Britpop' music movement of the mid-1990s.

Liam has since formed a new band, Beady Eye, which released an earlier album this year.

© 2011 AFP

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