Damon Albarn says he can’t see Blur finishing new album in ‘the near future’

Singer says he and his bandmates are 'all doing other stuff'

Damon Albarn has said he “can’t foresee” Blur finishing work on a new album in “the near future”.

It was suggested in July last year that the Britpop band would start work on a new LP after frontman Albarn had finished his first solo LP. The band have released standalone tracks ‘Fool’s Day’, ‘The Puritan’ and ‘Under The Westway’ since Graham Coxon rejoined them after a long hiatus in 2008.

However, with Albarn set to release debut solo album ‘Everyday Robots’ on April 28, he told Rolling Stone that it was unlikely he and his bandmates would be in a position to finish the LP anytime soon. Speaking about the status of Blur, he said: “It’s a big part of my life. I’ll never abandon the spirit of it ever. It’s kind of in me.”

“There is material,” he added. “But I can’t foresee us in the near future being in a position to finish it. We’re just all doing other stuff.”

The singer also touched upon the subject of one of his other outlets, Gorillaz, and said: “Apart from the visuals, I am Gorillaz. I am the recording when it comes to Gorillaz. It’s complicated since it’s just me. Just because I was a cartoon… There’s no difference, really… It’s a bit embarrassing for me to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ about stuff that’s my stuff anyway. I just don’t see it like that. I’ve been playing Gorillaz songs in rehearsal and some of them sound really fresh, so I’ll definitely be playing them on my tour. So, is Gorillaz here or is it not here?

He continued: “What makes Gorillaz? We always have different musicians when we play live. The only constant thing, I suppose, is myself. And I’m still here. Is my new album, in a way, a Gorillaz record? It’s not, but that sounds… I’ve dug myself into an enormous hole now, haven’t I? Sorry.”

Earlier today, Albarn unveiled a preview of a new song titled ‘Photographs’. A 90-second clip of the song can be heard in the video, above, now. It follows ‘Lonely, Press Play’ , ‘Heavy Seas Of Love’ and the album’s title track, all of which have been previewed in the run up to the releaase of ‘Everyday Robots’.

Damon Albarn will play a number of intimate London shows to launch his solo debut, at the Rivioli Ballroom in Crofton Park on April 30, followed by a show at the People’s Palace in Mile End on May 1.

Albarn will be honoured with the NME Award For Innovation at this year’s NME Awards with Austin, Texas. The Blur frontman will pick up the award in person on Wednesday, February 26 at the O2 Academy, Brixton.

The award recognises the singer, songwriter, producer and composer as one of the UK’s most influential and consistently groundbreaking musicians. The NME Award For Innovation not only recognises Albarn’s past, but equally celebrates him as one of the world’s leading music heavyweights in 2014.