Early Plays: Humanz by Gorillaz

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Gorillaz are the visionary and acclaimed British virtual pop band created almost 20 years ago by singer-songwriter Damon Albarn (Blur) and comic book artist Jamie Hewlett. Their first full-lenght and self-titled album sold over seven million copies in 2001 and earned them an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records as the Most Successful Virtual Band. Since this first publication they released other three albums, with varying results.

The band is about to publish a new LP, Humanz, which is scheduled for publication at the end of April. Interestingly, at the moment there are already five songs shared on YouTube as anticipation of the full disc (maybe more to come).

The tracks show that the band is somehow exploring new and different directions from the songs of the last album (that dates back to 2011, by the way), in some cases emphasizing a clear hip-hop approach to songwriting with faster beat rates than their previous songs. Not all of these songs have same enjoyability, but the average level of the tracks is still good. Check it out and stay tuned!

The album kind of came from this dark fantasy. Just imagine, the weirdest, most unpredictable thing that changes everything in the world. How would you feel on that night? Would you go and get drunk? Would you stay at home? Just watch TV? Would you talk to people? (Damon Albarn on Consequences of Sound)

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