Filed under: art, dance + dj, hip hop, Music | Tags: Aging Cartoons, Blur, Damon Albarn, Gorillaz, Julie Andrews
It’s about time. Damon Albarn gave us a sweet taste of new Gorillaz material for the upcoming album set to be released late this year. (So much for never going back to this project, sir.) Albarn made a guest DJ appearance on BBC Radio with not one, but THREE Gorillaz demos. (Murdoc also showed up to discuss Julie Andrews) Now I know these will probably sound much different in the end, but I’m already feelin’ dancey. “Stylo/Binge” is a fun little diddy. My ears can certainly comprehend themselves being seduced when this is expanded. Is that fairy dust I hear?? Oh, and you know that intro whistle in old Western films? Yeah, that one. Just rearrange it a bit, toss in some organ chords and you get “Broken”. So far it’s the only demo with a constructed vocal melody. Albarn’s claimed fascination with Arabic orchestral music is especially hinted at in “Electric Shock”. I have to say, this might be my favorite. It’s all about imagining the possibilities at this point, and this song suggests wacky potential.
The characters are said to undergo some alterations, possibly by making them look a little older (Bearded Noodle?). Even more exciting will be seeing who else ends up on the album. Albarn has noted the project to be centered upon collaboration, so the more the merrier!
All in due time. Meanwhile, keep an eye out for some new Blur material. Keep supplying, I will keep demanding.
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