Gorillaz are a strange band in the sense that they are a super group of previously successful musicians that theme their albums, cross musical genres from UK garage to rap and hip-hop, regular pop and rock and headline festivals whilst doing so. Oh, also they are animated.
A comment on the MTV generation of musicians, they are the brainchild of Blur frontman Damon Albarn and comic book artist Jamie Hewlett and took the world by storm when they first released an album way back in 1998 and since then they've gone on to headline Glastonbury, perform alongside Madonna and release several incredibly successful albums.
The band only released a new album a few months ago on April 28th and are now in the process of touring and promoting it but despite this, in June they released a new song onto the world via youtube called 'Sleeping Powder'. Largely thought to be an outtake from the album that was just too good to not share with the world, it doesn't have any collaborations on it, as they have become well-known for, and just features lead singer Damon Albarn as his 2D character, on the harpsichord in a gloriously funky sound that takes them back to their electronic-come-garage roots.
Now, it would seem the band have another album in the works already and are hoping to release it next year, with Jamie Hewlett, the visual artist behind the band's looks and artwork down the years has confirmed this in a recent interview.“We’re working on another Gorillaz album that we’re going to be releasing next year,” he said in a new interview.
“So we’re going straight into the album with no break. Usually, we have a good five-year break between each album but we decided: ‘You know what? Let’s keep going’ because there’s ideas for a few more albums so we’re going to go straight into that. That’s will be all of next year and probably the year beyond that.”
“By the end of 2019, we’re probably gonna say, ‘Let’s have a little break’. Or we’re gonna say, ‘Let’s keep going’,” Hewlett added.
“I’m inventing a new [visual] style for the next album, so that in itself is exciting for me, because you say, ‘Alright, I’ve done that. How do I do it next time and how do I make it different?”.
Fans of the group are probably well aware that their albums tend to revolve around a theme with the 2005 album Demon Days being about war whilst the follow-up Plastic Beach came five years later and riffed on the concept of environmentalism. In 2017 and their latest studio album Humanz had the concept of it being built around the worst-case-scenario of a Trump presidency. "I wrote from the perspective of that day of a Trump win," Damon Albarn told Zane Lowe in an interview despite work on the material starting long before Trump made it to the White House.
What are your thoughts on a new album coming out so soon after the last one? Is it a good sign and a show of musical prowess and creativity or should they have funneled more of this creativity into their last outpouring? Let us know in the comments below.