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July 23, 2008 - NME.com:

Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett name next project

70 songs are written for follow-up to 'Monkey' already

Jamie and Damon
Jamie and Damon after the premiere of Monkey: Journey To The West in Manchester (photo source: Blurcast)

Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett – the duo behind animated band Gorillaz and the opera 'Monkey: Journey To The West', have revealed details of their next collaborative project.

Hewlett explained that the project will be named 'Carousel', and will be a film and stage project that Albarn has written around 70 songs for so far.

The visual artist told the Observer: "['Carousel'] is even bigger and more difficult than 'Monkey'. I've done a lot of visuals and Damon's done a lot of music but we haven’t figured out how they’re going to fit together.

"It's sort of like a film but not with one narrative story. There's many stories, told around a bigger story, set to music, and done in live action, animation, all different styles.

"Originally it was a film but now we think it's a film and it's a stage thing as well. Damon's written around 70 songs for it, and I've got great plans for the visuals."

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