The Court, the second track from Peter Gabriel’s upcoming album i/o, will be made available in its Dark-Side Mix on Sunday, February 5. The full moon this month falls on the same day as the Sunday release. The cover photo for the song showcases the creations of sculptor and artist Tim Shaw.

The Court, written and produced by Peter Gabriel, was recorded at Real World Studios in Wiltshire and The Beehive in London. Brian Eno, Tony Levin, David Rhodes, Manu Katché, and Melanie Gabriel, Peter’s daughter, also contributed to the song. Peter Gabriel and John Metcalfe collaborated on the orchestral arrangement, which was recorded at British Grove Studios in London with a number of musicians who had previously been a part of the New Blood Orchestra.

The mission of NAMATI, whose goal is to give people access to justice who might not otherwise be able to afford it, served as inspiration for the song in part. I suggest you look them up,” Gabriel says. “They put together teams around the world to help with different issues brilliantly.”

The Court will feature various mix approaches from Tchad Blake (Dark-Side Mix), Mark ‘Spike’ Stent (Bright-Side Mix), and Hans-Martin Buff’s Atmos In-Side Mix, just like the previous song Panopticom.

The artwork for each new music release is unique, and Tim Shaw’s ritual installation Lifting the Curse is featured on the cover of The Court. The piece was originally created by the artists Gilbert & George to figuratively lift the curse that was placed on the Royal Academy and its members, but it also speaks to a larger grouping of evil forces, specifically the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Shaw, a member of the Royal Academy, responded to them both in a powerful and visceral way with the ritual burning.


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