Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds are Back with Black Star Dancing

By: Claudia Siregar |

Familiar to rock fans as Oasis’ founding father, Noel Gallagher is back with a surprising Big Beat-inspired track. While he’s left the 90’s indie rock scene a long time ago ever since the untimely breakup of Oasis and the start of his project Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Black Star Dancing could come across as a shock to those who have only listened to Oasis casually. Shocking, yet refreshing.

The production is largely acid house-inspired, with funky disco beats and Gallagher’s synth-complemented vocals soaring through them. All in all, the song’s sound design almost reminds me of space rock – if not for the heavy funk influence throughout the track. The crystal-clear funk-inspired guitar riffs in the pre-chorus and chorus of the song make for a decent punchline, with a guitar solo decorating the bridge – something Noel Gallagher hasn’t quite lost even after he embarked from Oasis’ trademark Beatles-inspired alternative rock sound.

The direction Gallagher took is quite reminiscent of what Queen did with their 1982 album “Hot Space” – a departure from a more orthodox form of rock, embracing mainstream pop and the popularity of dancey music while incorporating their elements into rock music. Even if “Black Star Dancing” didn’t quite make it to the charts (the track is, truthfully, isn’t another “Don’t Look Back In Anger” or “Wonderwall” that represented a generation), it still deserves some credit for Gallagher’s musical exploration.

Rating: 7.1/10

Listen to the track here

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