Earlier this year Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett confirmed the animated super group Gorillaz would be releasing new material eventually. Now it’s official: work has begun on a new album.
The last Gorillaz album, Plastic Beach, came in 2010 (aside from 2011’s The Fall which had a limited download release) and featured several guests including Snoop Dogg and the late Lou Reed. It debuted at number two on both U.K. and U.S. charts.
Hewlett confirmed the new album in an interview with DIY. While busy with a gallery of his work opening in November, “The Suggestionists,” he hints that the album will be coming next year. Work on the album is in progress, where Hewlett is streaming creative channels into a stew.
In 2012, Albarn announced that future Gorillaz projects beyond Plastic Beach were unlikely, following a period of falling out with bandmate Hewlett. The two seemed to have reconciled after that announcement, saying that they had confidence in making another record.
Albarn at the 2014 Governors Ball Festival
Luckily for fans, confirmation of a new album is as satisfying as a bowl of mac ‘n cheese on the chilly autumn nights upon us.
Since the album is in its early phases, no details have surfaced other than an anticipated 2016 release. However, Hewlett’s Instagram feed has been active with a few new sketches of members of the virtual band.