Peter Gabriel is back with his first single in 6 years: Listen to 'Panopticom' now

The first step in Gabriel's quest to create 'an infinitely expandable accessible data globe'
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Like a sledgehammer, British singer and songwriter Peter Gabriel has burst into the new year with new music and an ambitious plan to bring "like-minded" people together to better understand "what’s really going on" in the world today.

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Sharing his first single since 2016’s “The Veil” from Oliver Stone’s Snowden, former Genesis member Peter Gabriel has shared the new track “Panopticom,” recorded at Real World Studios in Wiltshire U.K. and The Beehive in London, featuring Brian Eno on synths and bells, as well as longtime collaborators Tony Levin on bass, French drummer Manu Katché, and guitarist David Rhodes.

Gabriel revealed in a press release along with the single that this first song is, "based on an idea [he has] been working on to initiate the creation of an infinitely expandable accessible data globe: the Panopticom. We are beginning to connect a like-minded group of people who might be able to bring this to life, to allow the world to see itself better and understand more of what’s really going on."

2002's Up was Peter's last official collection of new music, intermixed over the years since with various soundtracks, a covers album, and orchestral reworkings. It has, however, been long teased that Gabriel was working on a new album, called I/O, for the last two decades, and this seems like a perfect first introduction.

Keep an eye out for more, as Gabriel also has European and North American tour dates planned for later this year. Ticket info is available now via Live Nation.

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