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Damon Albarn names Gorillaz album, takes on 'The X Factor'

Plus former Blur man readies other projects for next year

Damon Albarn has revealed Gorillaz' third album will be called 'Plastic Beach'.

Speaking to Paul Morley, he explained the album is nearly finished – and he has plenty of other projects that are also nearer fruition.

He said: "This whole Gorillaz album, 'Plastic Beach', which is nearly finished now, started off as 'Carousel'. [It's] sort of about the mythical aspects of Britain. Obviously, because it's Gorillaz we've moved it to a different place, but it still maintains a lot of that melancholy."

Albarn explained in the Guardian interview that his intention was to make a very pop record in reaction to The X Factor's domination of the genre.

"I'm making this album the most pop record I've ever made in many ways, but with all my experience to present something with some depth to it," he said.

"I've tried to connect pop sensibility with trying to make people understand the essential melancholy of buying a ready made meal in loads of plastic packaging. People who watch X Factor might have some emotional connection to these things, that detritus that accompanies what seems the most essential thing in people's lives these days, the celebrity, the voyeurism."

The album, which is due out next year, will feature the Syrian National Orchestra – "I've done so much orchestra stuff for it, and I'm only going to use a fraction of it," he explained – while Albarn admitted he was unable to get legendary crooner Engelbert Humperdinck involved, admitting "you win some and you lose some".

Alongside Gorillaz, Albarn explained that his next project will be with graphic novelist Alan Moore on a commission for the Royal Opera House, plus he is "making an album with Tony Allen and Flea which I've nearly finished, hopefully the end of this year… and I'd like to do another The Good, The Bad & The Queen album if we get the chance, because we’re all really good friends".

Meanwhile Blur have released a trailer for their new film, No Distance Left To Run, about the 2009 reunion. The documentary will hit cinemas in January.

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