Damon Albarn announced that he start to work on a new album with Gorillaz in September. The yet-to-be titled release has an expected release date of some time in 2016.
This news was confirmed via an interview that Albarn gave with ABC News in Australia.
Gorillaz is a virtual electronic group that was created by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett. Together, they created successful – and now iconic – singles such as “Feel Good Inc.” and “Clint Eastwood.” Then, they quietly went into a hiatus, as other main projects – like Albarn’s budding solo career and his work with Blur – took precedence.
In anticipation of the new music, according to Consequence of Sound, Gorillaz’s co-creator Jamie Hewlett has been posting photos of the band’s new artwork that features their cartoon characters, Russell and Noodle, to his Instagram. And, earlier this year, Hewlett took to the same social media platform and responded to fan inquiries about the status of the band after co-creator Albarn left their fans feeling uncertain when he said that a Gorillaz’s reunion was “possible,” in 2014. He announced that there was definitely going to be a new Gorillaz album, and according to a previous mxdwn article, his exact posting read, “Yes Gorillaz Returns.”
This new Gorillaz album will be the group’s fifth overall, and the first since their 2011 release, The Fall, which according to Consequence of Sound, was an LP recorded via iPad. Their last studio album was 2010’s Plastic Beach.
Take a look at some of Hewlett’s postings, below.