Gorillaz Unveil ‘Garage Palace,’ Damon Albarn Announces New Album From the Good, the Bad & the Queen
Gorillaz have unveiled a surprise new track titled "Garage Days" featuring British rapper Little Simz. The song comes paired with striking visual accompaniment. In keeping with the band's trail of highly stylized and cutting-edge multimedia works, a collaboration with illustrator McKay Felt and director Noah Harris sets "Garage Days" to a retro 8-bit video game visualizer. The video features the four virtual Gorillaz members and an animated rendering of Little Simz encountering all the obstacles of an '80s arcade game.
The single is their first since "Strobelight" in August and will be one of 14 unreleased tracks included on the Super Deluxe Vinyl Boxset for their 2017 album Humanz. The vinyl reissue will consist of 14 uniquely packaged 12-inch vinyl discs, each featuring a song from Humanz paired with an unreleased bonus track. The release will also include a 54-page book of Gorillaz artwork illustrated by co-creator Jamie Hewlett.
Little Simz will support Gorillaz on their upcoming tour dates, which will see them play the U.K. and Europe throughout November and December.
As if the Gorillaz' release schedule hasn't been enough for its puppet master, Damon Albarn has also revealed that a follow-up to 2007's the Good, the Bad & the Queen is currently in the works. The band (technically unnamed and share their debut album's title by default) will be the first release by the combined forces of Albarn, the Clash’s Paul Simonon, the Verve’s Simon Tong and Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen in a decade. According to Albarn, the album will be produced by longtime David Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti.
In an interview with British DJ Zane Lowe, Albarn said of the producer, "He’s responsible for some of my favorite records, so that’s been really enlightening and inspirational.”
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