The Blur and Gorillaz mastermind teases upcoming "folk soul" album
British music legend Damon Albarn has released a lot of things -- seven studio albums as Blur's frontman, four albums as the mastermind behind Gorillaz, and a variety of film and theater soundtracks. He's never released a proper solo album, but that will change next year.
To hype the release of his as-yet-untitled solo debut, Albarn shared the following video, featuring a retrospective of his illustrious career, as well as what could be a sampling of new music in the final seconds.
In a May 2013 interview with Rolling Stone, Albarn said he was working on a "sort of folk soul" album with XL Recordings head Richard Russell. On working with the producer he said:
"Making a solo record is can be such a disaster, so I thought if we're going to make a record with my name on it, I should get someone to really produce it -- take that responsibility away from myself. Richard does the kind of rhythmic side of it and I do everything else."
Previously, Albarn shared a YouTube video featuring what could be the first sound samples of the new record -- a few somber strokes of the piano keys.
Albarn plans to tour behind the solo album, playing a mix of music spanning his entire career, including Blur. He told the Wall Street Journal in July that Blur will begin work on new material once the solo album comes out.
Most recently, Albarn composed the primate-centric musical "Monkey: Journey to the West" (a retelling of a 16th century Chinese novel), which held down successful stints in New York and London.