Peter Gabriel has shared “Road to Joy” [Bright-Side Mix] the latest of six singles from his forthcoming LP I/O. The song was recorded at Real World Studios in Bath, the Beehive and British Grove in London, and High Seas Studios in Johannesburg, South Africa. Check out the “Bright-Side Mix”—helmed by Mark “Spike“ Stent—of the track below.
Gabriel co-produced the song with Brian Eno, inviting contributions from the Soweto Gospel Choir and members of Gabriel’s touring band: Tony Levin (bass), David Rhodes (guitar), Manu Katché (drums), Don E (bass keys), and Josh Shpak (trumpet). It also includes a string arrangement by John Metcalfe.
Gabriel detailed the album’s scope and the new song in the song’s YouTube description:
For several months, Gabriel has released songs from I/O on each full moon. He released the title track in April, and collaborated with XL Recordings boss Richard Russell for last month’s “Four Kinds of Horses.” Each release is paired with a new artist and artwork; this month’s is Ai Weiwei’s “Middle Finger in Pink.”
Gabriel is currently on tour in Europe; he arrives in North America in September.
Read Pitchfork’s Sunday Review of Peter Gabriel’s 1986 album So.