Damon Albarn Plans First Solo Album; New Blur LP Possible
Damon Albarn, one of Great Britain's most revered rock stars, has revealed that he's finishing his first-ever solo album and is going on tour to support it, where he'll also play material from his best-known projects, Blur and Gorillaz.
Albarn tells Rolling Stone in a new interview that the so-far-untitled solo LP was recorded along with XL Records owner Richard Russell, who produced and contributed the album's rhythm section. "Making a solo record 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," Albarn explained. Before the solo album, which he described as "folk soul," Albarn and Russell previously worked together on Bobby Womack's 2012 album, "The Bravest Man in the Universe."
To promote the solo effort, Albarn will embark on a tour on which he plans to include music from Blur, as well as his other noted project, Gorillaz. And what about a new Blur album, which would be the recently reunited Britpop group's first since 2003's "Think Tank"? Albarn wouldn't say for sure, but he said of the possibility, "We've got a couple of occasions when we're stuck in the middle of nowhere. So we might make the record in a week. If we can, it would be nice."
Finally, and perhaps most shockingly, Albarn is done feuding with Oasis' Noel Gallagher. "All of the animosity of the Nineties is gone," he said. "I mean, I was playing "Tender" with Noel at the Albert Hall two weeks ago, with Paul Weller on the drums. It's all in the past now.