Gorillaz fans everywhere are happy and feelin’ glad. Damon Albarn, frontman for the animated-electronic outfit, has announced that a new Gorillaz album
is in the works and slated for a 2016 release.
After reuniting Blur in 2009 (and again in 2012), Albarn revealed in an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald that he is currently in the process of “reactivating Gorillaz for a 2016 release.” The record would serve as the fifth full-length LP from the UK collective, and the first album from Gorillaz since 2011’s iPad-crafted The Fall.
Albarn has kept himself busy with a slew of side projects and collaborations since parting with Blur in 2003. his most recent being a 2014 solo record entitled Everyday Robots. After releasing a second album with Gorillaz in 2005, Albarn teamed up with UK rock icons Paul Simonon (The Clash), Simon Tong (The Verve), and drummer Tony Allen to create the supergroup The Good, the Bad, & the Queen. Albarn revealed that a new album for that project is already written and just needs to be recorded. When asked about how he manages to keep so many projects going, Albarn cited his enthusiasm to create as the culprit behind his neverending need to work.
I was just excited to create and still am. I love working with people, essentially. I do drive stuff, but I love the atmosphere and process of collaboration. It’s my favourite thing.
Check out a video below of Albarn and Gorillaz performing Empire Ants with Little Dragon frontwoman Yukimi Nagano, and be on the lookout for new material from Gorillaz in the not-too-distant future.