Noel Gallagher says he's hit a "purple patch" during the writing of his next album.

The former Oasis man has been working on the follow-up to 2017’s Who Built The Moon? during lockdown and says his creative juices have been flowing.

"I’ve been in the studio on a bit of a roll. Bit of a run, bit of a purple patch, some mega tunes, really f***ing great," he said in an interview on comedian Matt Morgan’s podcast.

"I’m doing the songs for a new album. I’ve been in the studio every day. If I didn’t have that, I don’t know where I’d be at now. If I wasn’t going in there every day. Actually, some f***ing great stuff has come out of it."

He added that he had been working on what he called "electro shimmer pop", contrary to early suggestions that the new album might develop on the more psychedelia influences of his last record.

"It’s not electro at all really. It’s just because their demos, when you hear the finished thing it will be unrecognisable to that, but it will still have the same vibe," he said.

"Everything is motoring, well actually, just cruising. As soon as everything opens, I’ll just be living the dream again.

"My studio is in town, so I’ll be in town, going to the pub for lunch, going back to the studio pissed up, shouting at people." he added.

Asked when the new record might be released, he said, "F*** knows. I'm only at the writing stage now. After the last five years flat out touring, I’d given myself until 2023 off anyway, before the pandemic came along.

"I’m still on schedule. I’m just taking my time, I was always going to be writing for a couple of years, so I’m still in that mode so I’m not working towards any definite date."

Shaun Ryder

Gallagher previously said that one of the new song sounds "very much like The Cure ", and also said he wants The Stone Roses John Squire to play on the new album.

Gallagher has also recorded a new track with Happy Mondays front man Shaun Ryder.

Speaking to the NME, Ryder’s Happy Mondays bandmate Bez said, "There’s a track that he and Noel Gallagher have done together that’s going to be big.

"It’s going to be Number One. It’s two Manchester legends singing together, and it sounds amazing."