We already know that Damon Albarn is planning to ramp up the output of Gorillaz over the next year or so, but it appears his ambitions are even greater than we first thought. The Blur singer has told NME that he hopes the band’s new record will be out in December, after he recorded it on an iPad “in hotel rooms across America” on the recent Gorillaz tour.
"I fell in love with my iPad as soon as I got it, so I've made a completely different kind of record," he said. "It's ironic, being the sort of technophobe and Luddite that I am." He also offered a few vague clues as to its direction. "It sounds like an English voice that has been put through the vocoder of America. More American-sounding than Blur ... I'm going to try and put it out before Christmas."
This is a considerable volte face for Albarn, who essentially salvaged Blur’s early career slide by taking inspiration from a torrid North American tour that almost destroyed the band. The songs on Modern Life Is Rubbish and Parklife were both partly inspired by his then-hatred of America, although he’s obviously softened on that stance in recent times.
[via The Guardian]