Damon Albarn: new Gorillaz record is ‘really fast’ and has ‘quite a lot of energy’

Albarn hints at a vibrant fifth album

Damon Albarn has confirmed that Gorillaz fifth album, the follow-up to 2011’s ‘The Fall’, is currently in “the very early stages,” as well as commenting on the energy of the new record.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Albarn explained the status of the record in answer to a question about what he’s currently working on, explaining:

“I’m in the very early days on a new Gorillaz record. 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.”


Artist Jamie Hewlett had revealed a little information on the album over the last couple of days, confirming its progress and saying that it’s still too early to talk about collaborations.

“We’re doing Gorillaz next year,” Hewlett told NME. “Damon has started making some music around all his other projects. I’m working on it at the moment and 2016 is going to be Gorillaz all year.”

He also talked about a change in the band’s visual approach, saying “It’s going to change – I can’t tell you how. But of course it’s going to be different, I can’t do what I’ve already done, that’s not interesting to me. In the same way Damon changes with his music and moves forward, I do the same. It’s going to be a different look.”

Back in 2012, Albarn had suggested that new material was ‘unlikely’, however last year, Albarn told NME that he could release a new Gorillaz album “next week”. He suggested earlier this year that Gorillaz could continue without Hewlett, something that clearly hasn’t come to pass.