It has been revealed that Damon Albarn’s first solo album, entitled ‘Everyday Robots,’ will be released on April 28. The date and album artwork (left) were posted to Albarn’s Twitter on January 19. More information was then added to his Facebook page. It was announced there that the solo album will feature guest appearances from Brian Eno and Bat For Lashes’ Natasha Khan. The statement on Facebook further reveals the atmosphere and theme of the record. ‘It’s his most soul-searching and autobiographical yet, explores nature versus technology,’ it says. While the Blur frontman released two teasers last year, fans are only now starting to get a taste of his forthcoming release.
Albarn made a rare American appearance this past weekend to play an intimate 45-minute set in Park City, Utah. His invitation-only performance at the Sundance Film Festival was in front of a small crowd of less than one hundred industry insiders. He debuted five songs off ‘Everyday Robots,’ and his seven song set concluded with a song each from Gorillaz and Blur. Albarn’s acoustic performance included accompaniment by a four-piece string section and keyboards.
The NME described the new material as ‘reminiscent of Blur’s more recent studio offerings.’ The magazine set the scene: ‘Albarn sang wistfully of isolation and reaching out to loved ones in ‘Lonely Press Play,’ before launching into the string-led title song. ‘Hollow Ponds’ name-checked events in history, such as the 1976 British heatwave. Two further tracks, ‘Hostiles’ and ‘You And Me,’ followed.’
‘Albarn admitted to feeling ‘extremely nervous’ before the intimate industry crowd…, though the new material elicited whoops of delight. The Gorillaz song ‘Melancholy Hill’ was particularly well-received, ‘ the NME noted, as Gorillaz is, indeed, how most Americans know Albarn. His set concluded with a clarinet-led version of Blur’s ‘To The End.’
This brief trial run of Albarn’s new material is the first time the general public have heard the tracks in any form. Shortly after the album details were revealed, Albarn shared his video for ‘Everyday Robots,’ which you can watch below. The video is a ‘digital portrait’ of the singer using CGI software as well as cranial scans. Plus, it features Albarn’s integral gold tooth. The video was directed by Aitor Throup.
To make the Albarn news an amazing quadruplicate, it was also announced yesterday that he will headline this summer’s Latitude festival along with Two Door Cinema Club. You should catch his set on Saturday, July 19 since it will be his only UK festival appearance of the year.