May 7th marks the day that Damon Albarn releases ‘Dr. Dee’, an album of music from his opera of the same name. ‘Dr. Dee’ contains 18 tracks that were recorded late last year at Albarn’s west London studio with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. To mark the occasion, we’ve got an exclusive free download of ‘The Dancing King’ which can be yours now (in exchange for an email address).
Here’s what NME‘s Louis Pattison had to say about the song in our first listen, track-by-track verdict:
The album’s twilit closer. Much of ‘Dr Dee’ finds Albarn grappling with notions of English history and folklore, and ‘The Dancing King’ is a final reflection, an orchestrated turn of courtly folk with Damon in bucolic mood: “Across the green fields, a procession grows/We are the out-of-time people of the rose….”
So, what do you think of ‘The Dancing King’?