Blur are to launch their first album in eight years.
The ‘Parklife’ group will convey out ‘The Ballad of Darren’ – their first file since 2015’s ‘The Magic Whip’ – on 21 July, and the primary observe from the file, ‘The Narcissist’, is out now, forward of the band’s 4 intimate warm-up gigs this month, which kick off with a hometown present at Colchester Arts Centre on Friday (19.05.23).
Frontman Damon Albarn defined the album gives “reflection and remark” on the place they’re of their lives now.
He stated in an announcement:“That is an aftershock file, reflection and touch upon the place we discover ourselves now.”
Guitarist Graham Coxon added: “The older and madder we get, it turns into extra important that what we play is loaded with the fitting emotion and intention. Typically only a riff doesn’t do the job.”
In the meantime, drummer Dave Rowntree insisted there was no awkwardness between the ‘She’s So Excessive’ hitmakers as they returned to the studio collectively after such an extended absence, and bassist Alex James loved seeing them shock each other.
Alex stated: “For any long run relationship to final with any that means you’ve to have the ability to shock one another in some way and in some way all of us proceed to try this.”
Dave added: “It at all times feels very pure to make music collectively. With each file we do, the method reveals one thing new and we develop as a band. We don’t take that without any consideration.”
‘The Ballad of Darren’ – which is produced by James Ford – might be accessible as a 10-song digital obtain and stream, CD, and vinyl.
As well as, a deluxe CD with two further tracks and expanded packaging will even go on sale, and unique to blur.co.uk might be a deluxe vinyl, pressed on 12″ clear vinyl with black swirls, in a gatefold sleeve, with poster, bonus 7” vinyl, album CD (12 tracks) and built-in booklet, together with unique handwritten notes, sketches and lyrics; and a cassette.
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