Since the onset of 2023, Peter Gabriel has been steadily teasing his latest album through a series of singles and corresponding remixes, as well as a recently completed tour of the U.K., Europe, and North America. Now, fans of the trailblazing artist can rejoice at the announcement of a release date for I/O, Gabriel’s tenth studio album – his first album since 2011’s New Blood, and his first of new material since 2002’s Up. “I’m just a part of everything,” he sings on the title track, with the album’s 12 songs addressing personal and universal topics – from the passage of time to the dangers of surveillance, the roots of terrorism to mortality and grief. Having released a new song on the occasion of every full moon this year, I/O was mostly recorded at Real World Studio and Gabriel’s home studio, with the participation of his longtime band mates guitarist David Rhodes, bassist Tony Levin, and drummer Manu Katché, as well as notable appearances by Brian Eno, Richard Russell, cellist Linnea Olsson, and Gabriel’s daughter Melanie on backing vocals, along with various other instrumentalists, the Soweto Gospel Choir, the Swedish all-male choir Oprhei Drängar, and strings by the New Blood Orchestra. In addition, each of the 12 tracks features accompanying artwork created by world-renowned artists like Tim Shaw, Annette Messager, Cornelia Parker, Barthélémy Toguo, and more, all representing different artistic disciplines like paint, photography, sculpture, and even plasticine, with the cover take by photographer Nadav Kander.
Due for release on December 1, 2023, I/O will be available in digital, CD, and vinyl formats, with the album presented in two distinct mixes – the “Bright-Side Mix” by Mark “Spike” Stent, and the “Dark-Side Mix” by Tchad Blake. “We have two of the greatest mixers in the world in Tchad and Spike,” Gabriel states, likening their individual approaches to painting and sculpting, respectively, “and they definitely bring different characters to the songs.” A third “In-Side Mix” in Dolby Atmos by Hans-Martin Buff will also be available, with a box set containing all mixes across two discs, four vinyl LPs, and a Blu-ray disc to arrive on March 8, 2024. Pre-orders are available now via Bandcamp and the Real World Records webstore.