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LISTEN: Noel Gallagher’s New Solo Song

"AKA...What a Life" will appear on the former Oasis guitarist's debut album, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

picture-18576-1373300776Marc Hogan // September 6, 2011

In the Britpop ’90s, Noel Gallagher was a staunch advocate of New Labour. On Labor Day, while U.S. fans were celebrating a holiday, the former Oasis guitarist and singer was hard at work unveiling another new solo song. Hear “AKA…What a Life” here.

The hypnotic, piano-centered groove-rocker is set to appear on Gallagher’s debut solo full-length, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. The album will be available in the U.K. on October 17, with a U.S. release to follow on November 8.

When Gallagher revealed the new album’s tracklist, he described “AKA…What a Life” as the first song on the record that features guitar. “There are echoes of Oasis, but there’s no guitar until the sixth song,” he said of the album at the time.

Gallagher recorded Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds with Oasis producer David Sardy. First single “The Death of You and Me” and album track “If I Had a Gun…” are also available online.

Meanwhile, Noel’s brother Liam Gallagher has been touring with new band Beady Eye. The two led Oasis together for seven albums after forming in 1991, then parted ways two years ago after a fight backstage in Paris. “He’d been acting like an old granny throughout the tour and he felt that I’d been a dick,” Liam told SPIN earlier in 2011. “We came to blows and that was the end of it.”

Hear It: Noel Gallagher: “AKA…What a Life”