Blur hasn’t released an album since 2003’s Think Tank. Frontman Damon Albarn has been busy, releasing a solo album last year to cap off some fine work with Gorillaz (look for a 2016 comeback). He did not do a bad job with either of those things, so news of a resurrected Blur is welcomed with open arms.
Their new album is called Magic Whip, and the announcement comes with a single. “Go Out” is crackling and ponderous, an exercise in feedback and sulk funk. It’s an evolved form of their early alt-rock, but there’s a chip on the shoulder this time around. Blur recorded the album last year in Hong Kong, which might explain the incredibly odd and hypnotic lyric video they’ve put to the song.
It is a simple cooking show without Blur’s soundtrack. With the music paired, however, smiles become snarls and nothing was the same. Album artwork and tracklist is below. Magic Whip will release April 27.