Strange timez, indeed. The British virtual band's seventh album is a tremendous return to form that sees them continue to eschew tradition and expectation with a guest-heavy romp where punk sits effortlessly beside glitzy ballads.
Damon Albarn (Blur) might be the mastermind behind the entire affair, but he only appears where he feels needed as the record goes back to feeling much more like a collaborative affair between Albarn and his friends.
The breathtaking, star-swollen guestlist includes : Beck, Elton John, St. Vincent, Robert Smith (The Cure), 6lack, Schoolboy Q, Slaves, slowthai, Fatoumata Diawara, Georgia, Peter Hook (New Order, Joy Division), Kano, Roxani Arias, Leee John and Octavian.
Gorillaz started the year with Episode 1 - ‘Momentary Bliss ft. slowthai and Slaves’ - of Song Machine, a whole new concept from one of the most innovative bands around.
Now, six episodes in, Noodle, 2D, Murdoc and Russel have visited Morocco and Paris, London and Lake Como, as well as travelling all the way to the moon, and Gorillaz is ready to bring you the full collection.
Song Machine is the ongoing and ever-evolving process which has seen Gorillaz joined by an expanding roster of collaborators captured live in Kong Studios and beyond. The result is an expansive collection of 11 tracks embracing a myriad of sounds, styles, genres and attitudes.
1. Strange Timez (feat. Robert Smith)
2. The Valley of The Pagans (feat. Beck)
3. The Lost Chord (feat. Leee John)
4. Pac-Man (feat. ScHoolboy Q)
5. Chalk Tablet Towers (feat. St Vincent)
6. The Pink Phantom (feat. Elton John and 6LACK)
7. Aries (feat. Peter Hook and Georgia)
8. Friday 13th (feat. Octavian)
9. Dead Butterflies (feat. Kano and Roxani Arias)
10. Désolé (feat. Fatoumata Diawara) [Extended Version]
11. Momentary Bliss (feat. Slowthai and Slaves)