Gorillaz share two tracks from new album ‘The Now Now’ and announce new Demon Dayz festival and more tour dates

Damon Albarn's band are following up 2017's 'Humanz' quickly

Gorillaz have shared ‘Humility’ and ‘Lake Zurich’, the first tracks from their new album, ‘The Now Now’.

Damon Albarn’s cartoon-based band returned last year with ‘Humanz‘, their first record in six years. In a four-star reviewNME wrote: “The lawless, world-altering scenario ‘Humanz’ presents us with is not a poorly attended inauguration but a massive, cross-genre party, composed largely on an iPad by Albarn and illustrated by his mate Jamie Hewlett.”

The group are quickly following up that album with more new material. ‘Humility’ was premiered earlier today (May 31) on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show, and features jazz and soul musician George Benson. Watch the video for it below.

The band have also shared a second track in ‘Lake Zurich’, as well as confirming the tracklist for ‘The Now Now’. The tracklist is as follows:

‘Humility’
‘Tranz’
‘Hollywood’ (feat. Snoop Dogg and Jamie Principle)
‘Kansas’
‘Sorcererz’
‘Idaho’
‘Lake Zurich’
‘Magic City’
‘Fire Flies’
‘One Percent’
‘Souk Eye’

Speaking to Lowe, Albarn said he had made ‘The Now Now’ so swiftly after ‘Humanz’ so he had “something nice to play everyone” at Gorillaz tour dates this summer. “I sing on it, it’s pretty much just me singing,” he explained. “It’s very in the world of 2D, but he’s come out and he’s singing very expressively. I feel good about it. I feel really, really good about it.” He also described it as “an emotional” and “summer” record.

Asked if there were any major collaborations on the new record, Albarn said: “No, there’s not really any cos I wrote most of it on tour in America. Snoop [Dogg]’s on it cos we were in LA, and Jamie [Principle] cos he was on the tour. And then just sort of randomly thought of George Benson, and that’s it really. There’s nothing else.”

Albarn also revealed the album has been produced by James Ford, who has worked with Arctic Monkeys, Haim, and Florence + The Machine. “I’ve never worked with him before, but we immediately hit it off,” Gorillaz leader said. “I really enjoyed working with him. I’d love to work with him again.”

Despite Albarn saying last year that he wanted to “surprise release” the next Gorillaz album, ‘The Now Now’ has been announced for release on June 29.

The band have also confirmed a new edition of their Demon Dayz festival and announced more tour dates. They will round off a new run of North American shows with their own one-day event in Los Angeles on October 20. See their full itinerary below:

Nuremberg, Rock Im Park (June 1)
Mendig, Rock
Im Ring (3)
Dublin, Malahide Castle (9)
Barcelona, Sónar Festival (15)
Chiba, Makuhari Messe (21)
Werchter, Rock Werchter (July 5)
Gdynia, Open’er Festival (6)
Roskilde, Roskilde Festival (7)
Bern, Gurtenfestival (11)
Lucca, Lucca Summer Festival (12)
Bilbao, Bilbao BBK Live (14)
Nyon, Paléo Festival (19)
Carhaix, Vieilles Charrues (21)
Paris, Lollapalooza Paris (22)
Kiev, U-Park Festival (25)
Moscow, Park Live Festival (28)
Budapest, Sziget Festival (August 9)
Ovington, BoomTown Fair (11)
St. Pölten, Frequency Festival (16)
Biddinghuizen, Lowlands Festival (17)
Toronto, Air Canada Centre (October 8)
Montreal, Bell Centre (9)
Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center (11)
New York, Barclays Center (13)
Boston, TD Garden (14)
Chicago, United Center (16)
Los Angeles, Demon Dayz Festival (20)