Damien Hirst creates artworks for Gorillaz guitarist Jeff Wootton’s debut solo LP

Gorillaz guitarist collaborates with UK artist for limited-edition vinyl album 'The Way The Light'

Gorillaz guitarist Jeff Wootton has unveiled 10 new Damien Hirst artworks released in conjunction with his début album, it has been revealed today (February 29).

‘The Way The Light’ sees Wootton make his first step into releasing solo albums after being most credited for playing guitar on the first two Gorillaz albums.

According to The Vinyl Factory – who have manufactured the vinyl-only album which was released on Friday (February 26) – there are only 500 copies of the album, with each album specially produced in collaboration with UK artist Damien Hirst, who created 10 ‘spin’ artworks in a 10 page limited edition book. Each spin cycle art represents one of the album’s 10 tracks. The limited edition LP is available to buy for £60.

The guitarist teased new music on Soundcloud last year album track The Eternal, which you can listen to in the player below. He also shared a reconstructed version of the album’s lead single, featuring Nick Zinner and Bootie Brown, which is also available to listen to.

The Way The Light full tracklisting

The Way the Light/Songs/
1: Sea of Sound
2: Venus
3: Sonik Drips
4: Ceremony Waltz
5: So Lonely
6: Reprise (Reverie Interlude)
7: Reverie
8: The Eternal
9: The Way the Light Bends Around You
10: The End

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Meanwhile, Damon Albarn has confirmed that Gorillaz fifth album, the follow-up to 2011’s ‘The Fall’, is currently in “the very early stages,” as well as commenting on the energy of the new record.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Albarn explained the status of the record in answer to a question about what he’s currently working on, explaining:

“I’m in the very early days on a new Gorillaz record. So far, it’s really fast, and it’s got quite a lot of energy. I’ve been stuck on piano, somewhere off Broadway, for years now. I want to go somewhere completely opposite of that.”

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Artist Jamie Hewlett had revealed a little information on the album over the last couple of days, confirming its progress and saying that it’s still too early to talk about collaborations.

“We’re doing Gorillaz next year,” Hewlett told NME. “Damon has started making some music around all his other projects. I’m working on it at the moment and 2016 is going to be Gorillaz all year.”

He also talked about a change in the band’s visual approach, saying “It’s going to change – I can’t tell you how. But of course it’s going to be different, I can’t do what I’ve already done, that’s not interesting to me. In the same way Damon changes with his music and moves forward, I do the same. It’s going to be a different look.”

Back in 2012, Albarn had suggested that new material was ‘unlikely’, however last year, Albarn told NME that he could release a new Gorillaz album “next week”. He suggested earlier this year that Gorillaz could continue without Hewlett, something that clearly hasn’t come to pass.