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Hedrigall
Mar 27, 2008

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UPDATE: The album is called Humanz and it comes out 28 April! Scroll to the second post of this thread for details



Since Gorillaz last put out an album, frontman and musical genius Damon Albarn has released, amongst other projects, a solo album and a new Blur album — after a 12 year hiatus for that band — but now he's coming back with the long-awaited fourth phase of the fantastic Gorillaz side project!

What are these phases? Just a cute, offical way of organising all the periods of productivity (and the "plot") for Gorillaz:

  • Phase 1 - Celebrity Take Down included the album Gorillaz, the b-side collection G-Sides, and the singles Clint Eastwood, 19-2000, Tomorrow Comes Today and Rock the House.
  • Phase 2 - Slowboat to Hades included the album Demon Days, the b-side/remix collection D-Sides, and the singles Feel Good Inc., D.A.R.E, Dirty Harry and Kids With Guns/El Mañana.
  • Phase 3 - Escape to Plastic Beach included the mainstream album Plastic Beach and the weird iPad-created side album The Fall, as well as the singles Stylo, Superfast Jellyfish, On Melancholy Hill, Rhinestone Eyes, Doncamatic, Revolving Doors/Amarillo and DoYaThing.

If you're an autist (or a 13 year old) who cares about the band's "plot" and other fictional details, go read the wiki page or that book they published I guess. It's the music that matters.


(image by Reddit user Delold)

Phase 4 is imminent. The album has finished recording, the track names and collaborators have leaked (see below) and there's very strong rumours of a secret gig this week in London. There's surely an announcement right around the corner.

On the eve of President Trump's inauguration we were treated to one of the upcoming tracks, Hallelujah Money. But in just the last week, a deluge of new information has leaked about the album.


The leaks:

1. Somebody found a list of new tracks registered under the name Gorillaz on the PPL Repertoire Search database. This included info on the collaborators for each track:



There are 26 tracks in total but who can say if they'll all be on the album?

2. A couple of days later, somebody on Reddit decided to search these track names online and found several Vimeo uploads corresponding to track names, which had been put up by a UK video artist. They were password protected, but it didn't take long for people to guess the super secure password of "2017". The videos were demos of stage visuals and had either full or partial versions of five new songs. They have since been taken down from Vimeo but they're still quite easy to find online. Go ahead if you want. And yes, they're the real deal — Damon's voice is distinct on each one, and the collaborators are identifiable to match the leaked track details.

3. In the last few days, Gorillaz have been posting tiny "snaps" on Snapchat, of bits and pieces of songs from the studio. Each snippet is accompanied by a countdown timer, but in each one the countdown has been counting from a random number so there's no discernible pattern. But it's still a good way to hear bits of other new songs.

Learn more about the leaks here or Reddit (if you dare)



So now we wait, and it probably won't be long. In fact I'm betting there'll be at the very least a new single this Friday or Saturday, and probably full details of the album as well. Hell, they may even just release the whole thing at once as a surprise.

I also have 90% confidence that some sort of secret gig is happening in London on the 23rd or 24th of March (this week!). The band members and stage crew have been posting tweets and Instagrams hinting that they're rehearsing hard — and lately, various collaborators have been tweeting that they've arrived in London for some mysterious purpose. Some loser also posted his story on Reddit about running into Damon Albarn, who said there would be a secret gig in March. While that story was unverified, there was at least a photo of the guy with Damon. And finally, this Thursday is Damon's birthday, if that counts for anything.

I GUESS WE'LL FIND OUT SOON, GUYS!



edit: I forgot to mention stuff on the art front. There's been a pretty steady flow of new artwork by Jamie Hewlett via the official instagram since last year. It's really been ramping up in the last few months.

There's also the upcoming Gorillaz-curated music festival Demon Dayz on the 10th of June. But I don't think the album release is that far away.

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Hedrigall
Mar 27, 2008

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ALBUM INFORMATION



Humanz - Released 28 April 2017


Tracklist (linked songs are on Youtube)

1. Intro: I Switched My Robot Off
2. Ascension (feat. Vince Staples)
3. Strobelite (feat. Peven Everett)
4. Saturnz Barz (feat. Popcaan)
5. Momentz (feat. De La Soul)
6. Interlude: The Non-conformist Oath
7. Submission (feat. Danny Brown & Kelela)
8. Charger (feat. Grace Jones)
9. Interlude: Elevator Going Up
10. Andromeda (feat. D.R.A.M.)
11. Busted and Blue
12. Interlude: Talk Radio
13. Carnival (feat. Anthony Hamilton)
14. Let Me Out (feat. Mavis Staples & Pusha T)
15. Interlude: Penthouse
16. Sex Murder Party (feat. Jamie Principle & Zebra Katz)
17. She's My Collar (feat. Kali Uchis)
18. Interlude: The Elephant
19. Halleujah Money (feat. Benjamin Clementine)
20. We Got The Power (feat. Jehnny Beth)

Bonus disc (Special Edition)

1. Interlude: New World
2. The Apprentice (feat. Rag‘n’Bone Man, Zebra Katz & RAY BLK)
3. Halfway To The Halfway House (feat. Peven Everett)
4. Out Of Body (feat. Kilo Kish, Zebra Katz & Imani Vonshà)
5. Ticker Tape (feat. Carly Simon & Kali Uchis)
6. Circle Of Friendz (feat. Brandon Markell Holmes)

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Hedrigall
Mar 27, 2008

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drat I'm excited too. Of the 5 leaked songs I only listened to Saturnz Barz which was pretty rad and I'm getting my kicks reading people on Reddit talk about the others and trying to imagine how good they'll be (answer: SUPER GOOD)

The fact that this album could have like 19 songs (if all the leaked tracks are used, and not counting the interludes) makes me so happy. That's so much Gorillaz goodness to make up for the long hiatus

Hedrigall
Mar 27, 2008

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BBC Radio 1 just announced they'll debut the new single (with Damon there to introduce it) at 7:30 pm tomorrow (UK time)!

That's 6:30am for Syd/Mel, 12:30pm for US west coast and 3:30pm for US east coast


Edit: tweet confirmation:

https://mobile.twitter.com/bbcr1/st...651173034516480

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Hedrigall
Mar 27, 2008

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Yvonmukluk posted:



So hyped for this.

So, who else is going to the Demon Dayz festival?

I wish! Seeing Gorillaz live is a lifetime wish thing for me and I hate myself for missing my chance in 2010. I did see Blur when they came to Australia in 2015 though, that was like a dream come true after absolutely loving the band for like 18 years at that point (gently caress I feel old :/)

Hedrigall
Mar 27, 2008

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Real Name Grover posted:

Ah, England, where we still premier tracks on the radio




E: I'm not trolling (well, for the most part). I just hate that I'll have to listen to a bunch of garbage on a rip to hear the track itself tomorrow :-\

It'll probably go up on Youtube very soon after

Hedrigall
Mar 27, 2008

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If you guys are jonesing for some stuff to listen to while we wait for the new single, don't neglect the b-side catalogue!

D-Sides in particular is incredible. It may well be the second best Gorillaz record after Demon Days.

Hedrigall
Mar 27, 2008

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https://mobile.twitter.com/gorillaz...833241643180032

Hedrigall
Mar 27, 2008

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It's 4 songs people!!!!!!

https://mobile.twitter.com/gorillaz...989049886707712

Hedrigall
Mar 27, 2008

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They're going up on the Gorillaz YouTube page.

Hedrigall
Mar 27, 2008

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http://pitchfork.com/news/72365-gor...sive-tracklist/

"There are 14 tracks on the regular edition, with five more on the deluxe. A Super Deluxe Vinyl Box Set will also contain each of the 14 regular edition tracks on its own piece of vinyl, backed by an alternate version. (Yes, that means it's a 14-disc box set.)"

Humanz:

01 Ascension feat. Vince Staples
02 Strobelite feat. Peven Everett
03 Saturnz Barz feat. Popcaan
04 Momentz feat. De La Soul
05 Submission feat. Danny Brown and Kelela
06 Charger feat. Grace Jones
07 Andromeda feat. D.R.A.M.
08 Busted and Blue
09 Carnival feat. Anthony Hamilton
10 Let Me Out feat. Mavis Staples and Pusha T
11 Sex Murder Party feat. Jamie Principle and Zebra Katz
12 She’s My Collar feat. Kali Uchis
13 Hallelujah Money feat. Benjamin Clementine
14 We Got The Power feat. Jehnny Beth

Deluxe edition bonus tracks:

15 The Apprentice feat. Rag’n’ Bone Man, Zebra Katz, and RAY BLK
16 Halfway To The Halfway House feat. Peven Everett
17 Out Of Body feat. Kilo Kish, Zebra Katz, and Imani Vonshà
18 Ticker Tape feat. Carly Simon and Kali Uchis
19 Circle Of Friendz feat. Brandon Markell Holmes

Hedrigall
Mar 27, 2008

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Oh that may be the "list of songs" not the tracklist. Damon said on radio the deluxe edition would be 26 tracks. It's probably all the interludes that are missing.

Hedrigall
Mar 27, 2008

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Videos:

Gorillaz - Saturnz Barz (Spirit House) 360

Gorillaz - Saturnz Barz (Spirit House)

Gorillaz - We've Got The Power (Art Track)

Gorillaz - Ascension (Art Track)

Gorillaz - Andromeda (Art Track)

Hedrigall
Mar 27, 2008

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https://store.warnermusic.com.au/co...dition-2-cd-set

The real tracklisting:


1. Intro: I Switched My Robot Off
2. Ascension (feat. Vince Staples)
3. Strobelite (feat. Peven Everett)
4. Saturnz Barz (feat. Popcaan)
5. Momentz (feat. De La Soul)
6. Interlude: The Non-conformist Oath
7. Submission (feat. Danny Brown & Kelela)
8. Charger (feat. Grace Jones)
9. Interlude: Elevator Going Up
10. Andromeda (feat. D.R.A.M.)
11. Busted and Blue
12. Interlude: Talk Radio
13. Carnival (feat. Anthony Hamilton)
14. Let Me Out (feat. Mavis Staples & Pusha T)
15. Interlude: Penthouse
16. Sex Murder Party (feat. Jamie Principle & Zebra Katz)
17. She's My Collar (feat. Kali Uchis)
18. Interlude: The Elephant
19. Halleujah Money (feat. Benjamin Clementine)
20. We Got The Power (feat. Jehnny Beth)

Bonus tracks on Special Edition CD

1. Interlude: New World
2. The Apprentice (feat. Rag‘n’Bone Man, Zebra Katz & RAY BLK)
3. Halfway To The Halfway House (feat. Peven Everett)
4. Out Of Body (feat. Kilo Kish, Zebra Katz & Imani Vonshà)
5. Ticker Tape (feat. Carly Simon & Kali Uchis)
6. Circle Of Friendz (feat. Brandon Markell Holmes)

Hedrigall
Mar 27, 2008

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You gotta preorder the album to go into a draw to win tickets for the secret gig in London tomorrow.

They're gonna play the whole album in full!

Hedrigall
Mar 27, 2008

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Steve2911 posted:

Huh, I wonder if that picture of Noodle is the actual album art or a placeholder.

I like all of the new tracks to different degrees (though I think Hallelujah Money is the best so far) but I generally prefer my Gorillaz a bit slower pace. It's always been chillout music to me.

E: Just one track on the level of Empire Ants or El Manana would do me. Just one. Maybe two.

Reports from Reddit when some of the songs leaked a few days ago were that Busted & Blue is the new Empire Ants. Multiple people said this. I haven't heard it so can't confirm, but it's promising

(El Manana and Empire Ants are my favourite two Gorillaz songs too )

Hedrigall
Mar 27, 2008

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Songs are lit

My only disappointment is that some of the tracks are really short. We Got The Power could have been 4+ minutes. Why cut off so soon? :\

Hedrigall
Mar 27, 2008

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Oh my god Damon's vocal line in Saturnz Barz is one of the best things on this earf (i'm not hugely into the rap part of that song though, it's ok)

Andromeda is sublime and I hope the album version is longer.

Hedrigall
Mar 27, 2008

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Are we sure/do we know that there will be "full versions" of those songs?

Hedrigall
Mar 27, 2008

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Are we less than 24 hours away from hearing the whole album via lovely phone recording, like when Blur did the whole of The Magic Whip at a secret show 2 years ago?

Hedrigall
Mar 27, 2008

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Don't know if it's true but apparently the gig will stream live on Gorillaz.com from 7:30pm gmt.

Hedrigall
Mar 27, 2008

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Apparently there are tons of film cameras at the gig and it's going to be recorded for streaming later? Idk. Also apparently people at the show are allowed to film whatever they want on their phones.

Hedrigall
Mar 27, 2008

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Check this thread or something for the unofficial stream:

https://www.reddit.com/r/gorillaz/c...ream_confirmed/

Hedrigall
Mar 27, 2008

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Saturnz Barz live is SO loving GOOD

Hedrigall
Mar 27, 2008

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What the gently caress are they and/or Facebook doing?????

Hedrigall
Mar 27, 2008

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net cafe scandal posted:

I just listened to them all and I think theryre all bad.

net cafe scandal posted:

there will never be another Demon Days

net cafe scandal posted:

My god.. somebody stop these lunatics

net cafe scandal posted:

Yea.. the song writing budget must be quite small as well.

net cafe scandal posted:

I hope they make it even shorter.

Oh man check out this guy's opinions

I bet you'd be happier if nobody made any music and we all just sat at home in silence twiddling our thumbs

Hedrigall
Mar 27, 2008

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RazzleDazzleHour posted:

What's the general opinion on D-Sides, I know critics basically wrote it off but I really liked it? The strongest tracks on the album like Happy Landfill and Hongkongaton are right up there in the top echelon of tracks, and even songs that seem to be alternate versions of other tracks (People, Spitting out the Demons) could have easily made it onto Demon Days. I like it even more than their self-titled, am I crazy?

I said earlier in the thread that it's probably the second best Gorillaz record after Demon Days. It's super good. I adore Hong Kong.

Hedrigall
Mar 27, 2008

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There's an audio bootleg of the concert that's quite easy to find, look at reddit if youre interested in that sort of thing

Hedrigall
Mar 27, 2008

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https://www.twitter.com/gorillaz/st...670098780663810

Another new song tomorrow

Hedrigall
Mar 27, 2008

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As a life-long Damon fanboy, yeah, the solo songs are probably my favourites too. El Mañana is my #1

Hedrigall
Mar 27, 2008

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As someone who gives 0 shits about the characters and "lore" of the band*, meh... I'd be interested just for Jamie Hewlett's animation and hoping they put lots of music into it (including some of those 40-45 songs Damon wrote that didn't make it onto Humanz)



*Dont get me wrong, Gorillaz is in my top 5, maybe even top 3 bands. But to me it's a Damon Albarn side project with some fun animated videos. I don't care whether Noodle is a cyborg or what happened in the "story" between the albums

Hedrigall
Mar 27, 2008

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Oh poo poo, that article also mentions Damon is working on a new TGTB&TQ album though!

Hedrigall
Mar 27, 2008

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Andromeda analysed with Damon Albarn on the (very good) Song Exploder podcast: https://soundcloud.com/hrishihirway...illaz-feat-dram

edit: The podcast features an extract from the scrapped version of the song that had a full verse from D.R.A.M

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Hedrigall
Mar 27, 2008

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The only people who care about the gorillaz story are the teenagers who were born after the self titled album came out, who fill up the gorillaz subreddit with "theory" posts that are almost as bad as Zelda theories

Hedrigall
Mar 27, 2008

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Apparently there's a full vinyl rip out there

Hedrigall
Mar 27, 2008

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The creepy choir behind Damon's vocals is amazing

Hedrigall
Mar 27, 2008

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I'm waiting for next Friday

Literally crying tears of joy that even though I've listened a lot to the 6 released songs so far, there's 13 as-yet-unheard ones waiting for me next week

Hedrigall
Mar 27, 2008

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BigFactory posted:

I don't understand how people get excited about cartoon characters.

Same. I'd much rather see an interview with Damon Albarn than listen to one with the random voice actors they get to do the characters, half-improvising off talking points but really having no insight into the band or music

Hedrigall
Mar 27, 2008

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Junior Jr. posted:

I think the fact that we pretend those cartoon characters are actually part of the band and have a weird ongoing story makes it fun for the fans.

The characters are a pretty good hook for the music videos, but people who get really into the backstories and lore and so on are like the Zelda timeline theorists of the alternative music world

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Mar 27, 2008

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Junior Jr. posted:

Edit: I just want to add that Purple Disco Machine remix sounds drat GOOD!

Truth!


Still not listening to the album until i have the CD in my hands

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