16/05/2016 2:20 PM AEST | Updated 15/07/2016 12:52 PM AEST

Peter Garrett Announces Solo Debut Album: 'A Version Of Now'

The record came about by accident.

He's back.
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He's back.

After a 15-year hiatus from the recording studio, Midnight Oil frontman and former politician Peter Garrett will release his debut solo album, "A Version Of Now" on July 15.

The retired federal minister said the record itself is deeply personal and something which initially happened by accident while finishing his memoir, Big Blue Sky.

"As I was finishing my memoir, melodies and lines kept dropping into my head and, big surprise, I ended up writing a few songs," Garrett said in a statement.

According to Garrett the album title relates to his desire to capture his experiences over the last few decades.

"The songs are reflections of turbulent decades on the rack, and the people and things that meant the most to me," Garrett said.

The record also saw Garrett reunite with Midnight Oil guitarist Martin Rotsey, who was a part of the core band involved in making the album.

The lead single "Tall Trees" was released on Monday.