Peter Gabriel Releases First New Song in 20 Years with Tony Levin

Peter Gabriel

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After announcing a new tour and album last year, Peter Gabriel has given us the first taste of his new music. “Panopticom” is the first single from his upcoming album, I/O, which has yet to get a release date.

“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,” Gabriel says of the track. “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.”

The track is anchored by Gabriel’s longtime bass man, Tony Levin, who delivers some expressive fretless work in his rock solid lines.

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Few details have been released about I/O, but the singer said fans can expect new singles on each full moon. “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 and that unless we find ways to reconnect ourselves to nature and to the natural world, we are going to lose a lot,” he says. “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.”

As we reported, Levin will be with Gabriel during his world tour this year. European dates are on the calendar with North American dates yet to be revealed.

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