Coming up to the ten-year anniversary of their eponymous debut album, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds have released a new single ahead of their forthcoming Best Of collection, Back The Way We Came: Vol 1 (2011-2021).
Evoking the punch of heartache and regret in a four-minute song is difficult, but Noel Gallagher is the don of emotional musicality. We’re On Our Way Now is a mellow, despondent track featuring familiarly painful emotions.
Remember what might have been,
had I walked you home and said I’d see you later?
You were living the dream, but when the morning comes,
you’re gonna meet your maker.
Good luck in the afterlife.
According to Gallagher, lead guitar and vocalist, the meaning behind the track “[is] about not getting to say goodbye and the frustration of things left unsaid.”
The melody has a trademark melancholia we’ve come to associate with Gallagher. Layers of unpretentious guitar chords and strong percussion from the English rock band pedestalise Gallagher’s lyrics. Sweeping in for the bridge and final reprise, redeeming choral strings and voices add gravitas to that emotional reverence you feel in your chest when listening to the track.
Matt Smith and Gala Gordon (plus a cameo from Gallagher) star in the official music video released this week. Reflecting the moody tone of the song, director Dan Cadan chose to emulate the stylings of French New Wave cinema. Indulging in the genre’s inate romanticism, timeless black-and-white visuals show off the emotional turmoil in the portrayed relationship.
Due on the 11th of June, Back The Way We Came: Vol 1 (2011-2021) is available now for pre-release as a double CD or a triple LP with an extra disc of acoustic versions, instrumentals, remixes and more. Watch the official music video for ‘We’re On Our Way Now’ below.
Words: Arabella Fenwick