Jamie Hewlett & Damon Albarn’s much-loved project Gorillaz will release their first new album since 2011’s ‘The Fall’ next year
Half a decade will have passed by the time fans are able to hear it, but Gorillaz will finally release their fifth studio album next year. The news was revealed by co-creator Jamie Hewlett in an interview with DIY. When asked about the new album he said: “That’s next year. I’m working on it at the moment, and it’s going very well. I’m very excited. I don’t want to say too much about it, but I’m at that phase of experimentation.”
Hewlett added, “What I try not to do when I’m working in this creative period, the cooking of the mess, is go to other peoples’ exhibitions and look at other peoples’ work. I close my eyes, and don’t want to know what anyone else is doing. Doing that has kind of ruined the creative process for me in the past, and I don’t want to let that happen again.”
Having previously gone into acrimonious hiatus, there was little expectation that Hewlett and his fellow co-founder Damon Albarn would be able to reconcile their differences, with Albarn going so far as to say that future releases were “unlikely.” However their relationship has softened over the last year and Gorillaz’ fans will now reap the reward of their reconciliation.