Damon Albarn 2014

Sometimes I think Damon Albarn is trolling me personally. One of the first things I wrote for Stereogum was a Counting Down of his non-Blur projects (it was, in fact, the first installment of that now-regular feature), and I opened it by saying:

“Damon Albarn doesn’t deserve our love. We want Blur and he gives us … anything but.”

That was June 6, 2012 — nearly two full years ago! Last May — LAST MAY — he announced he had finished — FINISHED — recording his solo debut album, which he has now spent four months promoting (not an exaggeration — he’s been leaking stuff from the album since December 11, 2013). His newest promotional gambit is an interview with NME, in which he reveals, among other things:

1. “I can definitely see another Gorillaz-esque record at some point, yeah. That will almost definitely happen. I could put a Gorillaz record out next week; I’ve got enough stuff I haven’t finished.”

2. A collaboration with Noel Gallagher is a “distinct possibility” in future.

Don’t get me wrong, I am stoked about both those things, especially the latter! But just so we’re all on the same page, in late February, he 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.”

I don’t even have words. Trolling? Sure feels like it. You tell me.

Comments (3)
  1. I guess you can say he’s MILKING you for all you’re worth

  2. Well Mikey Nel, if it looks like a troll, and it smells like a troll, then there’s no fucking blur album coming out ever but enough Dr. Dee(ick) to fill a whole 11 years worth of cockteases.

  3. I would love a full-length, full band release with Damon and Noel as the songwriters/vocalists. I believe that could be quite great, indeed.

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