January 17, 2014 20:38

Damon Albarn announces solo gig at Sundance Film Festival

The Blur frontman will be playing songs from his upcoming solo LP

Damon Albarn announces solo gig at Sundance Film Festival

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Damon Albarn is set to play a solo show at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah this Sunday (January 19).

The Blur frontman will be playing songs from his forthcoming solo album as well as "Blur favourites", reports Spin. The gig will take place at the YouTube venue on Main Street. Cults and Neon Indian will also play the venue over the weekend and James Murphy will DJ.

A 20-second teaser for Damon Albarn's solo album was recently uploaded to the performer's official YouTube channel. Shot in black and white, the video shows Albarn, from behind, playing a keyboard topped with two skulls and a stuffed owl. Following shots of musical instruments and recording equipment, the text reads: "Damon Albarn, first solo album, coming 2014". Click above to watch.

Albarn revealed that he was making a solo album last May, telling Rolling Stone magazine that he was working with producer and XL Records label boss Richard Russell. "Richard does the rhythmic side and I do everything else," Albarn said. "It's sort of folk soul."

Quizzed further on working with Russell and the sound of his album, Albarn said: "We worked together on the Bobby Womack record, and really enjoy working together. He's done spectacularly well as a music mogul, but I think he wants to focus his energy on producing records. 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."

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