It's been over a decade since Peter Gabriel released a studio album of new material, and he doesn't seem to have any concrete plans to end that hiatus anytime soon. He did, however, debut some new material during a recent concert appearance in Italy.

Consequence of Sound reports that during his Nov. 20 tour stop in Turin, Gabriel started his 21-song set list by treating the audience to the world premiere of an unreleased composition titled 'What Lies Ahead.' As you can hear in the fan-shot video above, the song is a piano-led ballad that incorporates violin -- or it was in Turin, anyway; you never know what Gabriel's going to do with a track between the time he writes it and if or when it eventually makes it onto an album.

Gabriel lamented his slow progress on that front during an interview published late last year, admitting, "I really need to stop doing other things and lock myself away for a while. It probably hasn’t moved nearly as much as I would have liked to in the intervening time. The songs are still there, but some of them I would redo now and there’s some new stuff as well … I keep arranging until the cows come home, which is sometimes a weakness."

Not that he hasn't been busy in the interim. Aside from an increased focus on live performance, which has yielded his well-received Growing Up and Back to Front tours, he's reworked older material for an orchestral LP ('New Blood') and subsequent tour, as well as recording a stack of covers for 2010's 'Scratch My Back' collection. Here's hoping 'What Lies Ahead' surfacing means Gabriel's cows are close to coming home.

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