Watch Damon Albarn Debut “Lonely Press Play” At Sundance

By Michael Nelson / January 23, 2014

Based on what little we’ve heard, Damon Albarn’s forthcoming solo debut, Everyday Robots, is gonna be a good one. Of course, I’d argue Damon is one of the five or so most vital artists of the last quarter-century, so “a good one” is perhaps to be expected, but then again, he’s just as likely to give us Dr. Dee as he is The Good, The Bad, And The Queen, so you really never know. Anyway, now we’ve got additional evidence to suggest we’re in for a treat: a fan-filmed video of Damon at YouTube and Spin‘s Sundance event doing a version of Everyday Robots track “Lonely Press Play” with just a guitar, a pianist, and a small string section — and man it is a thing of beauty. Honestly, if this were the version of the track included on the album, I’d be impressed (assuming it didn’t cut off abruptly and they edited out the handful of assholes who are actually talking while Damon Albarn is performing a few feet away. WTF?) His voice has never sounded better and the lilting melody is nothing short of transporting. Check it out.

Everyday Robots is out 4/29 on Warner Music.