Hot on the heels of the announcement that the group will headline the 2010 Coachella Festival, Damon Albarn's cartoon-pop band Gorillaz is set to return on March 9 with its third album, "Plastic Beach." The 16 track set is due out on Virgin and features a slew of guests, including Lou Reed, Mos Def, Snoop Dogg, De La Soul, Bobby Womack, the Fall's Mark E. Smith and Super Furry Animals' Gruff Rhys.
The first single, "Stylo," will debut on radio tonight (Jan 20.) and be available at digital retailers starting on Jan. 26. Speaking with Billboard recently, Parlophone president Miles Leonard describes "Plastic Beach" as a step forward for Gorillaz mastermind. "[His] vocals are much more apparent on this album, too-he's right across this record; it's not just guest vocalists."
Gorillaz has been an altogether different beast for Albarn, who took time away from recording "Plastic Beach" to play reunion gigs with his seminal Brit-pop band, Blur. Mixing hip hop, pop, reggae and Middle Eastern influences along with a comic like narrative for the "performers," Gorillaz has scored a string of hit singles such as "Clint Eastwood" and "Feel Good Inc." This eclectic combination of sounds and vocals have resulted in lofty sales, with 2000's self-titled debut selling 1,924,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan and 2005's "Demon Days" selling 2,219,000.
While no other dates have been announced, Gorillaz' performance at Coachella stands to be augmented by guest appearances from De La Soul, Gruff Rys and Little Dragon, who are all also on the festival bill.
Here is the "Plastic Beach" track list:
"Orchestral Intro (featuring Sinfonia ViVA)"
"Welcome To The World Of The Plastic Beach (feat. Snoop Dogg & Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)"
"White Flag (feat. Kano, Bashy & The National Orchestra For Arabic Music)"
"Stylo (feat. Bobby Womack & Mos Def)"
"Superfast Jellyfish (feat. Gruff Rhys & De La Soul)"
"Empire Ants (feat. Little Dragon)"
"Glitter Freeze (feat. Mark E Smith)"
"Some Kind Of Nature (feat. Lou Reed)"
"On Melancholy Hill"
"Sweepstakes (feat. Mos Def & Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)"
"Plastic Beach (feat. Mick Jones & Paul Simonon)"
"To Binge (feat. Little Dragon)"
"Cloud Of Unknowing (feat. Bobby Womack and Sinfonia ViVA)"