Damon Albarn never sits still for long. He’s spent much of this year simultaneously touring with Gorillaz and fending off rumors about more Blur reunion dates, and it turns out he has yet another new project on the horizon. This time he has teamed up with Afrobeat legend (and fellow The Good, the Bad & the Queen band member) Tony Allen to record an album with Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Those Brits can’t get enough of Flea, as the bass player’s recent stint in Thom Yorke’s band proved, but Albarn says this band is primarily designed to show off Allen’s talents. The group is “centered around what [Tony] does,” he said, before offering a loopy rationale for Flea’s involvement: “Flea, of course, is an anagram for Fela and Flea is so into this music—so that’s been great.”
Albarn also promises more Gorillaz material in the not too distant future, which has been recorded on a mobile studio during the band’s recent tour. “I guess it’s my love letter to America,” he said. “I used to be baffled by this place, and I guess I still am in some ways; America confused me enormously. But right now, with all that’s going on, this is a good place to be and this has been a great tour.”
[via The Guardian]