Bobby Womack’s latest album, the Damon Albarn-produced The Bravest Man In The Universe, is out today on XL Recordings, and to go alongside it, we’ve g0t a brand new video for yet another stunning track from the record, “Whatever Happened To The Times”. I haven’t had the privilege to listen to the album yet, as it’s not readily available here in Spain and we weren’t fortunate enough to get an advance, but judging by what we’ve previously heard from it - Lana Del Rey collaboration included - it’s shaping up to be one hell of a release. Not bad, after not releasing an album since 2000 I would say.
In this occasion, we’re treated to a trip to outer space, which I guess kind of makes sense given the album’s title. The video is decidedly lo-fi, with a 4:3 aspect ratio (click here if you don’t know what that is), and grainy images that mix what seems to be video footage as well as charts and graphs. All a bit experimental, weird, and undecipherable, I would say, but the important part, the music, is more than enough.
Watch the video below and tell us, have you listened to The Bravest Man In The Universe? If so, what are your thoughts? I’ve heard it might be a contender for album of the year. No pressure…
St. Vincent played “Cruel” from her latest album “Strange Mercy”, Damon Albarn dropped “Apple Carts” from his “Dr Dee” album, and the fantastic Charles Bradley and his Extraordinares performed “The World (Is Going Up In Flames)” from the album “No Time For Dreaming”.
Listen to Damon Albarn’s new album “Dr Dee” below.
Trying to keep his name as one of music’s most notable and prolific artists, Damon Albarn’s (Blur, Gorillaz, Lana Del Rey) latest album, which isn’t so much a solo album but instead a by-product of an opera he had his hand in making with Rufus Norris.
Based on the 16th century philosopher, mathematician, astronomer, and aide to Queen Elizabeth I, John Dee, it’s not an opera in the classic sense with larger ladies cracking windows with their voices (though there is some of that).
It’s a multi-faceted album, highlighted by “The Marvelous Dream”, the first track to be released from the album, one that’s bound to please some people, piss off some others, and confuse the shit out of everyone else.
NPR had the premiere of the album which you can now listen to below, two weeks before it’s released on May 8th.
It might be difficult for you to find someone else in music these days who’s working harder than Damon Albarn, what with having his hand in pies with Blur, Gorillaz, Lana Del Rey, his supergroup with Flea and Tony Allen, the whole Congo thing, and of course his own solo project.
His upcoming solo album “Dr Dee” will be released on May 7th and is inspired by John Dee, a 16th century astronomer, mathematician, and an advisor to Queen Elizabeth I.
Yesterday he released a video of “The Marvelous Dream”, the first song from the album, though you’ll just want to pay attention to the song as the video is just of traffic that’s been sped up.
As has been reported over the last few weeks, Gorillaz have teamed up with Outkast’s Andre 3000 and LCD Soundystem’s main dude James Murphy for one of the most anticipated collaborations in a while. The collab is to promote their work with Converse to create and design a new Gorillaz-themed shoe.
“DoYaThing” is available as a download via the Converse website and below you can check it out for yourself.
Blur reunited in 2009 and then released a new song in 2010 as part of Record Store day called “Fool’s Day”, so this is the first new music from the band in almost two years, and they’ve also promised that they’ll start work on a new album this year too…