Damon Albarn says he’ll start recording new Gorillaz album in September

Blur frontman confirms plans for virtual band's fifth record

Blur frontman Damon Albarn has detailed plans to start work on a new Gorillaz album.

The virtual band, a collaboration between Albarn and animator Jamie Hewlett, released their last LP ‘The Fall’ in 2011.

With Blur recently releasing their comeback record and first full-length since 2003, ‘The Magic Whip’, earlier this year, the singer has now revealed that he’ll turn his attention to Gorillaz once again.


“I’m starting recording in September for a new Gorillaz record,” Albarn has told Australian television programme ABC 7.30.

“I’ve just been really, really busy so I haven’t had a chance,” he continued. “I’d love to just get back in to that routine of being at home and coming to the studio five days a week.”

In January, Hewlett hinted at the news in an Instagram post that featured new drawings of fictional band members Murdoc and Noodle. Hewlett also wrote: “Yes Gorillaz Returns”.

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Last year, Albarn told NME that he could release a new Gorillaz album “next week” and that a fifth album would “definitely happen in the future”.

“I can definitely see another Gorillaz-esque record at some point, yeah,” Albarn claimed. “That will almost definitely happen. I could put a Gorillaz record out next week; I’ve got enough stuff I haven’t finished.”

Speaking about his relationship with artist Jamie Hewlett, Albarn said that the pair’s well publicised fall-out has helped their relationship in the long term. “There are points in every relationship where they fall out with people that they’re close to and then they reconcile, hopefully, and actually, you know the relationship’s probably in a healthier place as a result of that,” he said.