When Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds released their latest album 'Who Built The Moon?' in 2017, it was clear that the former Oasis songwriter was keen in breaking the tether between his former and current self. Taking his solo project into unheard territory, we began to hear and experience a whole new side to Noel Gallagher's adventurous ambitions, which was then doubled down on with his subsequent EP 'Black Star Dancing' earlier this year. Now he has returned once again to deliver his second EP of 2019 'This Is The Place', a release that shows us the lengths of his newfound musical inspiration.
Taking cues from his previous full-length, 'This Is The Place' looks to channel a more psychedelic vibe that what we heard on 'Black Star Dancing'. Rather than spend too long revisiting the disco-esque aesthetic of that previous collection, we are hearing a Noel Gallagher that is looking to add far more atmosphere to his new release. Filled with a rich and textured instrumentation throughout, there are notes of 1970s psych-rock woven throughout this new collection, especially on the second track 'A Dream Is All I Need To Get By', which seems to conjure an almost Mamas & Papas-inspired direction with its airy tones and sweeping groove.
When we last experienced 'Black Star Dancing', we were certain that that was intended as the next move for Noel Gallagher's High Flying Bird, but now we are not so sure. 'This Is The Place' has that same nostalgic feel to it, but ultimately sees him venture down a whole other path, showcasing his chameleon-like intentions and keeping his audience forever on its toes.