After confirming details of their new album ‘Song Machine: Season One - Strange Timez’ alongside the Robert Smith-featuring title track last week, Gorillaz have announced three live streams this December.
Song Machine Live will broadcast from London on 12th and 13th December, with live performances, visuals (naturally) and guest appearances.
‘Song Machine: Season One - Strange Timez’ is released on 23rd October, and features the previously-shared ‘Momentary Bliss’ ft slowthai and Slaves, the Octavian-featuring ‘Friday 13th’, ‘Aries’ with Peter Hook and Georgia among others.
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Celebratory and instinctively inclusive, no band could have done it better.
All in, it’s classic Gorillaz: a mixed bag mostly stuffed with delights, that fares extremely favourably on the banger to clanger ratio.
‘Song Machine’ might have been born from a playful spirit, but it’s also an album that finds Gorillaz holding a mirror to the modern world’s divisions, and offering up a far more utopian alternative.
The LP fizzles with a self-made, impromptu energy.