And a headline is all we know. Damon Albarn, best known for his work with Blur and Gorillaz, announced Wednesday (December 11) that his first-ever solo album will arrive sometime in 2014. The news came in the form of a 21 second YouTube video, with scant other detail. Watch above.
Albarn described the upcoming full-length as “quite intimate” to the Wall Street Journal earlier this year, adding that work on Blur’s long-speculated-about eighth album will begin after the solo LP sees release. In a May interview with Rolling Stone, the 45-year-old said the album is “sort of folk soul” and will feature “rhythmic” work from XL Recordings owner Richard Russell, who previously teamed with Albarn on Bobby Womack’s 2012 record, The Bravest Man in the Universe.
“Making a solo record can be such a disaster,” Albarn said. “So I thought if we’re going to make a record with my name on it, I should get someone to really produce it.”
While this new project is being touted as the Blur leader’s solo debut, Albarn did issue a limited vinyl release of demos, dubbed Democrazy, in 2003.