Damon Albarn debuts new song – watch

Singer plays track at London poetry bash – but it's not clear if it'll be used by Blur...

Damon Albarn unveiled a new track at a poetry festival in London earlier this week (June 14) – scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to watch.

Consequence Of Sound reports that the singer, who was performing at the Poetry Olympics at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, included a brand new song in his set which he told the crowd he had recorded “last week”.

Although initial reports claimed that the bouncing and melodic acoustic track constituted new material from Blur, there has been no confirmation if the song will be used by the Britpop legends or if it will be released in one of Albarn’s other musical projects.

Last month (May 23), producer William Orbit told NME that he had been in the studio with Blur working on new material, but that Albarn had decided to halt the recording sessions. “The new stuff sounded amazing,” he said. “Then it all stopped suddenly. It was all over with Damon, and the rest of the band were like, ‘Is this it?’.”

In April, however, Albarn denied he was finished with Blur after earlier suggesting that their huge Hyde Park reunion gig to coincide with the close of this summer’s Olympics in August would be their final show, while last week (June 9), guitarist Graham Coxon admitted that he and his bandmates felt “pressure” from fans to record new material. Click below to watch an NME video interview with Coxon talking about the band’s preparations for the show.

The band are due to warm up for the show with a short tour taking in dates in Margate, Wolverhampton and Plymouth, along with headlining Sweden’s Way Out West in the same month.

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