Damon Albarn planning to deliver on festive promise

Gorillaz are set to release a new album on Christmas Day as a free download.

Damon Albarn is planning to release the record, recorded on his iPad, through his band’s online advent calendar, through which he has been handing out digital goodies at Gorillaz.com since the start of this month.

His Gorillaz partner Jamie Hewlett told Australian newspaper Perth Now: “On Christmas Eve a video for one of the new songs from the iPad album will be released. Then on Christmas Day fans get the whole album downloaded to their computer for free as a gift.”

Last month Albarn told NME he had recorded the album on tour and that he wanted it out before December 25.

“I wanted to make sure that it came out at the end of the tour because I don’t want anyone to think I’d tampered with it,” Albarn said. “If I left it until the New Year to release it then the cynics out there would say, ‘Oh well, it’s been tampered with’. But if I put it out now they’d know that I haven’t done anything because I’ve been on tour ever since.”