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05 MAY 2023 (TORONTO, ON) - On the full moon, Friday 5 May, Peter Gabriel releases the next track from his forthcoming album i/o. This month the song is "Four Kinds of Horses" and first-up is the 'Bright-Side Mix'.


Written by Peter Gabriel and produced by Peter Gabriel and Richard Russell, "Four Kinds of Horses" was recorded at Real World Studios in Wiltshire, The Beehive and Copper House in London.


Four Kinds of Horses actually began on Richard Russell’s project ‘Everything Is Recorded’. He’s a friend (and founder of XL Records) and he asked me to pop in to his studio. I came up with some chords, melodies and words on top of a groove he was working on. We tried a few things that didn't altogether work and so it laid dormant for quite a while. Then I started playing around with it again and changed the mood and the groove and something else began to emerge with a better chorus.

There were a number of things that triggered ideas for the song as it developed, including the Buddhist parable of the Four Kinds of Horses, which describes different ways a student can approach their spiritual practice. There is also a focus on “the interesting overlap of religion and peace on the one hand and violence and terrorism on the other. There was also a wonderful film by Hany Abu-Assad called ‘Paradise Now’ which shows two young men who end up being trained to become terrorists and it's a real insight into where the head goes.”


As well as Russell, who set things in motion, "Four Kinds of Horses" also features Brian Eno on synths which “sounded like electric worms to me,” says Gabriel. “As soon as I heard one I thought they would make a great three dimensional wall paper of sound and asked Brian to create eleven more.” John Metcalfe again provides string arrangements, “beautiful work and as the song progresses, the strings play a key role” and backing vocals from Peter’s daughter Melanie, “another lovely moment for a dad.”


Continuing the theme of working with a different artist for each song release, this month’s track is accompanied by a cover image featuring the work of Cornelia Parker.


This month we have a fascinating artist, Cornelia Parker, who does some extraordinary work. When we were originally looking at the Art from Us project, I'd seen some of her stuff with exploding rooms and had been fascinated by that, so I'm really happy that she agreed to work with us on this. The photogravure technique of William Henry Fox Talbot was an inspiration for her in this piece, and some of the other glass-based images in the series. I fell in love with this particular work - it's called ‘Snap.’


Just like the previous full moon releases, "Four Kinds of Horses" will come with differing mix approaches from Mark ‘Spike’ Stent (Bright-Side Mix), released on 5 May. Tchad Blake (Dark-Side Mix) and Hans-Martin Buff’s Atmos mix (In-Side Mix), released later in the month.


As well as new music, Peter Gabriel is about to embark on a tour with dates in the UK, Europe and North America on sale now. /


Further details on the release plans for the full album will follow.


Cornelia Parker:

Cover image: Snap by Cornelia Parker



i/o The Tour 2023

Europe & UK

Thursday, 18 May       Krakow, Poland                         TAURON Arena

Saturday, 20 May        Verona, Italy                              Verona Arena

Sunday, 21 May           Milan, Italy                                Mediolanum Arena

Tuesday, 23 May         Paris, France                              AccorHotels Arena

Wednesday, 24 May   Lille, France                               Stade Pierre-Mauroy

Friday, 26 May             Berlin, Germany                       Waldbuehne

Sunday, 28 May           Munich, Germany                    Koenigsplatz

Tuesday, 30 May         Copenhagen, Denmark           Royal Arena

Wednesday, 31 May   Stockholm, Sweden                 Avicii Arena

Friday, 2 June               Bergen, Norway                        Koengen

Monday, 5 June           Amsterdam, Netherlands       Ziggo Dome

Tuesday, 6 June           Antwerp, Belgium                    Sportpaleis

Thursday, 8 June         Zurich, Switzerland                  Hallenstadion

Saturday, 10 June       Cologne, Germany                   Lanxess Arena

Monday, 12 June         Hamburg, Germany                 Barclays Arena

Tuesday, 13 June         Frankfurt, Germany                 Festhalle

Thursday, 15 June       Bordeaux, France                     Arkea Arena

Saturday, 17 June       Birmingham, UK                       Utilita Arena

Monday, 19 June        London, UK                                The O2

Tuesday, 20 June        Nottingham, UK                      Motorpoint Arena

Thursday, 22 June       Glasgow, UK                              OVO Hydro

Friday, 23 June             Manchester, UK                        AO Arena

Sunday, 25 June          Dublin, Ireland                          3Arena


North America

Friday, 8 September               Quebec City, QC          Videotron Centre

Saturday, 9 September           Ottawa, ON                 Canadian Tire Centre

Monday, 11 September          Toronto, ON                Scotiabank Arena

Wednesday, 13 September    Montreal, QC              Bell Centre

Thursday, 14 September        Boston, MA                 TD Garden

Saturday, 16 September         Philadelphia, PA          Wells Fargo Center

Monday, 18 September          New York, NY              Madison Square Garden

Wednesday, 20 September    Washington, DC          Capital One Arena

Friday, 22 September             Buffalo, NY                  Keybank Center

Saturday, 23 September         Pittsburgh, PA             PPG Paints Arena

Monday, 25 September          Columbus, OH             Nationwide Arena

Wednesday, 27 September    Cleveland, OH             Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse

Friday, 29 September             Detroit, MI                  Little Caesars Arena

Saturday, 30 September         Chicago, IL                   United Center

Monday, 2 October                Milwaukee, WI            Fiserv Forum

Tuesday, 3 October                St Paul, MN                 Xcel Energy Center

Saturday, 7 October               Vancouver, BC            Rogers Arena

Sunday, 8 October                  Seattle, WA                 Climate Pledge Arena

Wednesday, 11 October         San Francisco, CA        Chase Center

Friday, 13 October                  Los Angeles, CA           Kia Forum

Saturday 14 October              Palm Springs, CA         Acrisure Arena

Monday, 16 October              Denver, CO                  Ball Arena

Wednesday, 18 October         Austin, TX                    Moody Center

Thursday, 19 October             Dallas, TX                    American Airlines Center

Saturday, 21 October             Houston, TX                Toyota Center