Many out there should learn a lesson from the restless Damon Albarn as far as time management goes. Touring with the reunited Blur and with Gorillaz is not enough of an occupation for Albarn, a musician keen on collaborations who doesn’t stop jotting down new engagements on his agenda.
In a recent interview he gave to Stuff, Damon said he’s currently working on three projects simultaneously. First is his new band with bassist Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and drummer Tony Allen (the right hand of the legendary Fela Kuti and the project’s gravitational centre). According to Albarn, the trio has already completed three fourths of what will be their debut album, which will feature many African musicians. Despite it being almost ready for release, Albarn has revealed his priority is the launch of Gorillaz’s new full-length recording, one that is “basically a tour-diary as a record, I guess it's my love letter to America," he said. "I used to be very baffled by this place, and I guess I still am in some ways; America confused me enormously. But right now with all that's going on this is a good place to be and this has been a great tour, the shows have been very special. The audiences are the closest to mid-'90s Blur audiences; I mean it's really been wonderful." And that will be reflected on the album Albarn has been working on during the tour . "I've actually taken a mobile studio with me on this tour, because it's the longest I've been out on the road since, as I say, the days of Blur at its peak, so I have that luxury now of recording as I go."
The third link in this chain of projects, Albarn confirmed, is a second album by The Good, the Bad, and the Queen, though we’ll have to wait a while for it to arrive. Albarn, busy.
Photo by Andy Willsher.