When Damon Albarn described the unfurling of Blur and Gorillaz last month, it seemed the ambition for a solo record was imminent, even when he backpedaled on his statement the following week. When speaking with BBC News about Blur’s upcoming performance at Hyde Park which will be coinciding with the Olympic Games, Albarn slipped in some info about a new record that he may be releasing on his own.
“This week we’re mucking around with these Russian synthesizers in a very loose mind of doing some kind of record under my name,” says Albarn. “I suppose you could call it a solo record, but I don’t like that word. It sounds very lonely – solo. I don’t really want to be solo in my life. But yeah, I’m making another record.”
It will be interesting to see how exactly a Damon Albarn solo record will differ from an album like “Plastic Beach,” the first Gorillaz record not to benefit from a guiding producer. As he has proven in recent times, he tends to work differently given the frame he’s put himself in, as can be heard between the baroque folk of the “Dr Dee” album and the jammy experiments with Rocket Juice & the Moon, so Albarn solo might be something entirely different.
As for Blur, Albarn is hesitant to say that their Hyde Park performance will be the end of the band, but as he puts it in the interview, “I’m seeing it as a punctuation point…That can be whatever you choose to make it.”