Damon Albarn - "Lonely Press Play" Video

We’ve heard two stripped-down acoustic versions of Damon Albarn’s achingly gorgeous “Lonely Press Play, and today he’s dropped not only the studio version of the track, but its video. Instrumentally, it’s nothing like the version he did only with an acoustic guitar on BBC Radio, or the performance he delivered at Sundance with a small string section; instead, it’s a whirring, bleep-bloopy pillow fort of electronic sounds. Of course, the melody, vocal, and lyrics are more or less identical, and its from that base that the song derives its graceful, melancholy beauty. The video is compiled from scenes captured by Damon on his tablet, and were filmed in Tokyo, London, Dallas, Utah, Colchester (UK), North Korea, Iceland and Devon (UK). Watch/listen.

In other Damon news, at yesterday’s NME Awards, Albarn revealed that Blur have recorded 15 new songs — but they’ll stay in the vault till further notice, because, says Damon, “I can’t foresee us in the near future being in a position to finish [an album]. We’re just all doing other stuff.” To be clear, he’s been promoting his solo album — due out April 29, 2014 — since December 11, 2013. “Other stuff.” Bah!

Comments (5)
  1. Nice lil Heineken ad there

  2. I’m a huge Blur fan and like most of the non-Blur stuff Albarn puts out, but I haven’t been blown away by anything I’ve heard for this album.

    • I feel the same way, but I think it’s probably an album that works better played straight-thru than heard as random singles. (Altho I haven’t heard the album yet so who knows.)

    • He will forever be linked with Blur. It was his first, greatest, and most popular band. The band evolved overtime and has a remarkably consistent and enjoyable catalog.

      With that said, his stuff in Gorillaz and The Good, The Bad, & the Queen are really really great. The guy is fearless in his approach to music. Damon is also one of the finest collaborators in music today. He seems to know how combine sounds with ease. Rocket Juice & the Moon and his soundtrack stuff have their moments, as well.

      Sometimes I think people still under-appreciate or under-value Damn to a degree. I’m excited for this album.

  3. i love this song, i didnt think it was as good as the acoustic performance on first listen but this is great stuff!

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