Peter Gabriel has released the Bright-Side Mix of the title from his forthcoming album, i/o.
Gabriel said in a statement, “This month the song is i/o and i/o means input / output. You see it on the back of a lot of electrical equipment and it just triggered some ideas about the stuff we put in and pull out of ourselves, in physical and non-physical ways. That was the starting point of this idea and then trying to talk about the interconnectedness of everything. The older I get, I probably don’t get any smarter, but I have learned a few things and it makes a lot of sense to me that we are not these independent islands that we like to think we are, that we are part of a whole. If we can see ourselves as better connected, still messed up individuals, but as part of a whole, then maybe there’s something to learn?”
The song was recorded in London and features Soweto Gospel Choir.
Gabriel also said, “It’s been around for a long time as a title for this project. I always knew I was going to write a song called i/o, but the title came first.”