Gorillaz have teamed up with car company Jaguar Racing for a new short film.
Damon Albarn’s animated band kickstarted a flurry of activity across their social media accounts last month, leading many fans to believe that the release of their album could be imminent. They were at it again earlier this week, revealing ‘The Book Of Noodle’ multimedia project.
Now Noodle, the cartoon guitarist, stars in a short film for Jaguar Racing, which was directed by Gorillaz’ own Jamie Hewlett. Noodle has also been announced as a “global ambassador” for the brand.
“The young minds of today are the engineers of tomorrow,” Noodle ‘says’ in a statement. “We are in the driving seat and our imaginations are the fuel. It’s time to lead the charge and build a better world!”
Watch the short film below.
The band’s fifth album and first since 2011’s ‘The Fall’ was originally due for release this year, but now looks set to drop next year after animator Jamie Hewlett said it was “really fuckin’ special” and “can’t be rushed”.
Back in July, Damon Albarn said: “Later in the year we’ll be starting to get the whole Gorillaz thing together. I’m loving it and it’s getting there. It should be ready fairly soon.”
Speaking of the new Gorillaz album in 2015, Albarn also said, “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.”
Vic Mensa was also recently pictured in the studio with Albarn. Producer Remi Kabaka, a frequent Gorillaz collaborator who provides the voice of fictional band member Russel Hobbs, shared a photo of Mensa in the studio on Instagram (May 17).