April 28, 2008 -
BBC 6 Music:
Albarn's 'proper' record
Damon's new music expected in July
performing with GBQ at Love Music Hate Racism Carnival, 27
(photo: Getty Images)
Damon Albarn has revealed his
next album will feature over 100 musicians and he hopes it
will be out in July.
He told the BBC: “I’m finishing off a record
at the moment which should be out quite soon.
“This one’s got about 80 or
90 musicians on it – something in that region. It’s got a 100 piece Chinese
choir on one of the tunes, so that plus the orchestra probably
goes to about 120 or 130 people.”
But Damon was typically vague
when it came to any more details, including whether it had a
title: “Not really - I haven’t
decided on that.
“There’s a monkey or two in
there at least – bit like Gorillaz as well. It’s not an opera,
it’s a proper record. And it's all in Mandarin I can tell you
that for sure!”
He went on: “I just kind of
put all my passion into what I’m doing at that moment.
"It’s nice that things kind
of stick around a while so it gives the impression that there
are lots of things but I do one thing at a time generally. I
have only two arms, two legs.
"I’m really excited about it.
It won’t be long, probably by July.”
The Good, The Bad and
The Queen's future
Damon also talked about the
future of The Good, The Bad and The Queen.
It was believed the group
only planned to release one album and their appearance at the
recent Love Music Hate Racism show was a final one-off show.
But Damon squashed these
rumours: “There are lots of musicians
around. We’ve got a lot of musicians that we play with and
work with so I don’t really like to say this is this, and that
“I just think no, it’s not
the end of these great musicians collaborating together.”
Why Love Music Hate
Damon explained why he wanted
to be involved with the Love Music Hate Racism event: “Well, partly my debt to the
original Rock Against Racism movement – I think a lot of what
informed me came out of that time so for me it’s interesting
to see where it is now.
“You could just see by the
physical mix that things have genuinely changed and we have
other issues now. And maybe the emphasis has changed and
there’s more on violence.
“I think the mix of musicians
from the young to much older, and I’m sort of in the middle,
just shows that it’s a very cohesive force – music.
“And it’s great that London
can hold gigs like this and thank goodness the sun came out!”