Die Gorillaz haben sich ein neues Format einfallen lassen, eine Mischung aus Livegig im Studio und animierten Musikvideo. Der erste Song ist eine Kollab mit Slowthai und den Slaves. Damon Albarn und Band wollen weg vom klassischen Album und hin zu einer losen kollaborativen Band und einer ständigen „spontaneous delivery of episodes throughout the year“. Ich bin am Start. // Nico
The Song Machine is on. A brand new contraption from 2D, Murdoc, Noodle and Russel is spitting out songs to a playlist near you direct from Kong Studio, as and when they happen. Season One kicks off with ‘Momentary Bliss’ featuring slowthai and Slaves. The cameras are rolling 24/7, the fourth wall is broken, the kettle is on, the chaos is real, the door is open…
On 28 January the animated group put out images teasing something called Song Machine, which was followed by a short 23-second promotional track and accompanying video called ‘Song Machine Theme Tune’.
The series of new singles would be released in the form of regular ‘episodes’ – each featuring guest musicians coming together in the band’s Kong Studios – over the course of 2020.
The series won’t have a set schedule; instead, Gorillaz promise the ‘spontaneous delivery of episodes throughout the year’.
The release said: “In direct opposition to the usual traditional recording/single/album release cycle, the band again breaks convention in their own round the back door fashion with the spontaneous delivery of episodes throughout the year.”
In a statement, Gorillaz’ fictional drummer – well, you know, they’re quite literally a cartoon band – Russel Hobbs added: “Song Machine is a whole new way of doing what we do. Gorillaz breaking the mould ‘cos the mould got old.
“World is moving faster than a supercharged particle, so we’ve gotta stay ready to drop. We don’t even know who’s stepping through the studio next.
“Song Machine feeds on the unknown, runs on pure chaos. So whatever the hell’s coming, we’re primed and ready to produce like there’s no tomorrow. Y’know, just in case.”