Gilbert O’Sullivan Releases New Single “Let Me Know”

Today BMG release “Let Me Know”, the second single to be taken from Gilbert O’Sullivan’s twentieth studio album, Driven, out July 22nd.

The accompanying video was mixed with an immersive 360 Reality Audio experience in mind and is available to watch on headphones. The full album will be available in 360 Reality Audio on July 22nd on Amazon Music Unlimited, Deezer and Tidal. 360 Reality Audio, an immersive music experience utilising Sony’s Spatial Sound technology. This allows individual sounds to be placed in a 360 spherical sound field giving the listener a unique opportunity to enjoy some of their favorite songs like never before.

“Let Me Know” is taken from Gilbert’s new album Driven, which follows his acclaimed Ethan Johns-produced, self-titled 2018. The thirteen songs that comprise Driven reveal a songwriter whose ability to sniff out hitherto undiscovered sources of low-hanging melodic fruit is keener than ever. Produced by Andy Wright and recorded with a live band at the legendary RAK studios, the unexpected velocity at which the songs came together bears testament to the instant chemistry generated between O’Sullivan, Wright and a house band featuring Pat Murdoch (Beyonce, Simply Red, Chrissie Hynde), Rich Milner (Morcheeba, James Morrison) and Geoff Holdroyde (Take That, Big Linda).

The album features duets with Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall on “Take Love” and big fan and Simply Red frontman Mick Hucknall on “Let Bygones Be Bygones”. Gilbert’s extraordinary ability for exploring the human condition is exemplified on “Hey Man”; on ‘Body and Mind’, we’re presented an adhesively catchy audit of blessings which takes the form of an internal dialogue about its protagonist’s lifetime lover. More topical issues are explored in ‘You and Me Babe’, where Gilbert juxtaposes the things that make our lives meaningful against the turbulence of the world at large, with a subtle reference to climate change. Whilst, framed by an exquisitely tender string arrangement, ‘If Only Love Had Ears’ is, by any metric, one of the most beautiful songs to bear O’Sullivan’s name.

At its core, Driven is an album that offers a nuanced portrait man reaffirming his own values and sense of self in an increasingly chaotic world. Never a conventional songwriter, he perhaps conforms to the description of a British chansonnier, praised by none other than Lenny Kaye – rock scholar and guitarist with the Patti Smith Group – for “songs [that] are artfully constructed, lyrically original with a fine sense of filigree detail.” As with Paul McCartney and the young Harry Nilsson – two songwriters for whom he retains a huge fondness – Gilbert O’Sullivan’s reach extends beyond the parameters of rock’n’roll.