Peter Gabriel has released a new track, ‘The Court (Dark-Side Mix)’, to coincide with this month’s full moon. Written and produced by Gabriel, the song features contributions from Brian Eno, Tony Levin, David Rhodes, and Manu Katché, as well as backing vocals from his daughter Melanie. It’s the second single from Gabriel’s upcoming album i/o, following ‘Panopticom’. Check it out below.
“I had this idea for ‘the court will rise’ chorus, so it became a free-form, impressionistic lyric that connected to justice, but there’s a sense of urgency there,” Gabriel said in a statement. “A lot of life is a struggle between order and chaos and in some senses the justice or legal system is something that we impose to try and bring some element of order to the chaos. That’s often abused, it’s often unfair and discriminatory but at the same time it’s probably an essential part of a civilised society. But we do need to think sometimes about how that is actually realised and employed.”
As with ‘Panopticom’, ‘The Court’ will be accompanied by different mixes, with Mark ‘Spike’ Stent’s Bright-Side Mix and Hans-Martin Buff’s Atmos In-Side Mix to follow. “I quite like this idea of the multiple mix approach because for most artists it’s the process, not the product, that is most important,” Gabriel commented. “In some ways, I’m trying to open up the process a little more for those that are interested.”