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Hear Blur’s New Acoustic Song ‘Under the Westway’

Damon Albarn is stepping out in 2012. After announcing Gorillaz’s Converse collaboration song with James Murphy and Andre 3000 late last year (and teasing it last week), he and bandmate Graham Coxon debuted a new Blur song during their set at a benefit show for U.K.-based NGO War Child International.

As Consequence of Sound reports, Albarn and Coxon debuted "Under the Westway," the first Blur track since 2010’s Record Store Day one-off "Fool’s Day," at the performance at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire. The band, whose heretofore most recent performance was in 2009 at Hyde Park, Coxon has said that there is definitely a new Blur record on the way; it would be the first studio album from the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Brit Award winners in nine years, since 2003’s Think Tank.

“Being in a band this long is like a kind of time travel,” Coxon said last year, upon the band’s being tapped for their Lifetime Achievement award. “We’re the same gang we ever were, we’ve just landed in a different era.” The reunited ensemble will perform at the 2012 Brit Awards tomorrow night. Watch below as Albarn waxes nostalgic lyrically with the acoustic performance of "Westway;" the chord progressions fittingly recall elements of the better-known ballads of the Beatles and David Bowie. (Also, if you didn’t realize it before, the fan filming reminds you, “New song! New song! New song!”)