UPDATE: Unfortunately a mix-up at the label forces us to remove this track from distribution. Stay tuned for another MP3 premiere next week.
Paul Weller needs no introduction. Maybe his ninth solo album does. The ex-Jam and Style Councilor’s releasing 22 Dreams 6/24 on Yep Roc — it’s a two-disc, 21-track, 70-minute shaggy-dog epic that cycles soul, rock, folk, jazz, spoken word, Moog weirdness, etc. That’s what makes it shaggy. Guests on the album include Graham Coxon, Ocean Colour Scene’s Steve Cradock, Little Barrie, ex-Stone Roses guitarist Aziz Ibrahim, and Oasis’ Gem Archer and Noel Gallagher.
This is a lot to absorb, so for now, forget the other 20 songs and dive headfirst into “Echoes Round The Sun.” The noisy, over-driven psych-rocker — laced with strings and blips — was co-written with Gallagher. As Mr. Weller explains, “Noel came down to the studio with this loop he’d never been able to do anything with. He played the bass and the piano and then Gem played guitar on top. I extemporized some vocals over the top. In song writing terms, it’s the first Weller/Gallagher collaboration.”