damon albarn
-founder, Damon Albarn, has confirmed work on the band’s fifth album has begun but is still “in the very early stages.”

Originally created back in 1998, the virtual band hasn’t released any material since 2011 album, The Fall.

In a recent interview with DIY, Albarn was asked about progress on a record, to which he responded: ‘That’s next year. I’m working on it at the moment, and it’s going very well. I’m very excited. I don’t want to say too much about it, but I’m at that phase of experimentation.’

Now speaking to Rolling Stone, the Blur-frontman is sounding “really fast” and has “quite a lot of energy.” Continuing Albarn added: “I’ve been stuck on piano, somewhere off Broadway, for years now. I want to go somewhere completely opposite of that.”

 – the band’s visual creator – has been teasing new artwork on his Instagram for months, building up excitement for the new album. He confirmed that the new project will properly kick off in 2016, but explained that the visual aspect will change. “I can’t tell you how,” he told NME. “But of course it’s going to be different, I can’t do what I’ve already done, that’s not interesting to me. In the same way Damon changes with his music and moves forward, I do the same. It’s going to be a different look.”

Albarn has previously stated that the pair’s fall-out has led to a healthier relationship. We’re more than excited to see what kind of music that relationship produces.

Aimee Wheelhouse @AimeeWheelhouse
Image by Linda Brown Lee

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