Excited about Everyday Robots, Damon Albarn‘s first solo album due out April 28? The internet is now teeming with information and clips about the album, its first video, and Albarn’s live promotional appearances. Here’s a quick run-down of the latest news.
Damon Albarn stopped by BBC Radio 6 to chat with Steve Lamacq. You can listen to the half-hour interview here.
Lamacq describes Everyday Robots as a very tender, reflective record. The album is a personal narrative that has a brutal honesty at its core. Albarn confirmed the intimate nature of the record. ‘The role of the songwriter is to speak from the heart but, also, enable people to feel that, as well.’ This is Albarn’s most autobiographical record to date. ‘What I tried to do with this record,’ he explained, ‘it had to have happened and it had to have a geographical place in time. Every line happened.’ One song in particular, ‘Hollow Ponds,’ is a very condensed autobiography of Albarn’s life. ‘The lyrics were the hardest part,’ Albarn noted. ‘It took me a long time because I wanted it to be about my life, in a way, and I went right back to 1976.’ Plus, Albarn treats us to an amusing story about ‘Mr Tembo,’ his elephant friend. If you’re looking for an insightful interview on his solo album, look no further than Rolling Stone, who have the whole elephant story down in print.
If you are hoping for another taste of the new record, check out Albarn performing his new song, ‘Lonely Press Play’ at YouTube’s pop-up venue at the Sundance Film Festival this past weekend. The invitation-only performance included acoustic versions of five new songs and one track each by Gorillaz and Blur. His acoustic set included accompaniment by a four-piece string section and keyboards.
If you have not already previewed the first track off Everyday Robots, watch the official video for the title song below. The music video was conceived and directed by Aitor Throup, who was responsible for both the video and the artwork. What we see is a ‘digital portrait’ of the singer using CGI software as well as cranial scans. In a new interview with Creative Review, Throup describes the making of the video in detail and shares sketches for the video and artwork. It’s a must-read for anyone fascinated by the unusual glimpse into the songwriter’s head.
Damon Albarn will appear alongside Haim and the National at the first BBC Radio 6 Music Festival on Friday, February 28 at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester. He told Steve Lamacq that he hopes to play the solo record in its entirety with several unexpected selections from his varied career. Albarn will also headline the Latitude festival in the summer.