Damon Albarn reveals solo album plans

Singer also says a new Blur album "would be nice" in new interview

Damon Albarn has revealed that he is working on a solo album with producer and XL Records label boss Richard Russell.

The pair previously worked together on Bobby Womack‘s most recent studio album ‘The Bravest Man In The Universe’ and Albarn reveals in a new interview with Rolling Stone that they have also collaborated on what will be his first solo venture. “Richard does the rhythmic side, and I do everything else,” Albarn says. “It’s sort of folk soul.”

Quizzed further on working with Russell and the sound of his album, Albarn adds: “I’ve been making it with Richard Russell. We worked together on the Bobby Womack record, and really enjoy working together. He’s done spectacularly well as a music mogul, but I think he wants to focus his energy on producing records. Making a solo record is can be such a disaster, so I thought if we’re going to make a record with my name on it, I should get someone to really produce it – take that responsibility away from myself.”

However, this does not necessarily mean the prospect of a new Blur album is completely off the table. Discussing his plans to tour as a solo act, playing songs from his solo album as well as Blur and Gorillaz material, told the US publication that”We (Blur) have got a couple of occasions when we’re stuck in the middle of nowhere. So we might make the record in a week. If we can, it would be nice.”

Blur previously hinted at recording a new record during a gig in Hong Kong earlier this year. Faced with a week to kill in Hong Kong, Damon Albarn teased that they may use the time to lay down some new material. Speaking to the crowd, Albarn said: “So we have a week in Hong Kong, and we thought it would be a good time to try and record another record.”