Blur frontman's debut solo effort due for release in April
Damon Albarn has revealed that he wrote and recorded over 60 songs for his debut album ‘Everyday Robots’.
The Blur frontman, who recently announced the imminent arrival of his first solo effort as well as a headline slot at this year’s Latitude Festival, revealed that an extensive recording process with XL Recordings’ Richard Russell led to the creation of the album.
“It’s got my name on it and I wrote the songs, but Richard Russell was a fantastic editor and did a lot of the atmospheric stuff, so in a sense it’s not entirely my record,” Albarn told Rolling Stone. “It is my narrative, and my voice and my songs. I started off giving Richard a lot of songs, 60 or 60-plus — he had the editorship.”
Albarn also discussed the guest appearances by Brian Eno and Bat For Lashes’ Natasha Khan on the record. He revealed: “Natasha sings a ghostly echo of my voice on the song ‘Selfish Giant.’ And Brian Eno sings a verse on the last song. He’s a neighbour: I used to go to a health club that he goes to as well, but he always did much more interesting things than I did. I’d be on a mind-numbing running machine, and he took water aerobics classes. He was very Eno about it.”
Earlier this week Albarn debuted new solo tracks at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Before an intimate, invite-only audience at YouTube’s pop-up venue on Main Street on Sunday night (January 19), the Blur frontman performed acoustic versions of five new tracks off his forthcoming solo debut – due out April 28 – accompanied by a four-piece string section and keyboards. He then played one track each by Gorillaz and Blur.