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Peter Gabriel is Also a Bit Tired of Hearing ‘Solsbury Hill’ in Movie Trailers

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Peter Gabriel‘s ‘Solsbury Hill’ has had quite a second life as the tear-jerking and/or goose-bump inducing soundtrack to a bevy of romantic comedy trailers. While it’s always nice to get down to the smooth grooves of Gabriel, we don’t think we’re on our own here when we say we’re getting quite sick of hearing it so often. What does the man himself think?

“Yeah, maybe I’ve let it go too much,” Gabriel admits in a lengthy interview with Rolling Stone magazine. “But I’ve started to take the attitude that it was harder getting on the radio, and trailers and film music and synchs are a good alternative. But I know some people feel that song is overexposed and I let it be used too many times.”

OK, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s get to the important stuff. It’s been nearly 10 years since Gabriel’s last proper studio album of new music, 2002’s ‘Up,’ and already a half-dozen more since he announced he was working on its follow-up, tentatively titled ‘I/O.” He said at the time that he already had 130 songs sitting around, looking for a home.

Well… “Not songs. Ideas. They’re still sitting there and I haven’t done much work on I/O,” corrects Gabriel. “Some I’d probably like now and quite a lot I’d just leave by the wayside. A lot of them are starting points and some more are fleshed out recordings.”

He goes on to explain, “When the tour ends I definitely want to look at that stuff. But having just done something that’s been seen as so serious, adult and difficult, it would be quite fun to do the opposite. So I’m going to explore a bit of that too. Maybe something lighter, rhythmic, more electronic maybe . . . into acoustic and dark.”

The tour he speaks of is his current orchestral trek behind ‘New Blood,’ an album that features classics from his back catalog re-recorded with an orchestra. It hits South and Central America next month and is scheduled through a Nov. 26 gig in Guadalajara, Mexico. After that, it’s back to the studio for Gabriel. “I’m just doing a last little bit in Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Mexico. That’s it,” he says. “I really want to start doing new stuff or re-looking at stuff that’s in the can.”

And then we can expect a completely new album from him in what … two or three years?

“I hate saying time now, because I always take longer,” he says. “But there are things I’m mucking around with on the piano that I’m enjoying quite a bit. Let’s put it like that.”

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