Damon Albarn Plays New Songs at Sundance: Listen
Frontman of Blur and Gorillaz has solo album due April 29
Damon Albarn of Blur, Gorillaz and the Good, the Bad and the Queen performed four gentle, downtempo songs from his upcoming solo album and a vintage Blur piece at a packed Sundance Channel HQ on Jan. 19.
Backed by a string quartet and a keyboardist, Albarn performed the pensive title track, "Everyday Robots," after opening with "Lonely Press Play." Albarn, who did not speak during the performance, closed with Blur's 1994 track "To the End."
Listen to the album cut of "Everyday Robots" below:
The album comes out April 29 on Parlophone, while the title track will see a March 3 digital and vinyl release, as the album's lead single.
In a May 2013 interview with Rolling Stone, Albarn described the album's sound as "sort of folk soul" and announced he was working with XL Recordings head Richard Russell as producer. It will also feature collaborations with Brian Eno and Bat For Lashes' Natasha Khan. On working with Russell, Albarn 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."
Yesterday, Albarn released the following trailer for the new album:
Albarn plans to tour behind the solo album, playing a mix of music spanning his entire career, including the Blur years. He told the Wall Street Journal in July that Blur will begin work on new material once the solo album comes out.
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