Gorillaz continue to tease their “Song Machine” project with the newest social media post in anticipation of something secretive in the works. In the video post, were introduced with a text that reads, “up next on Song Machine…” indicating a possible new song with a percussion-led snippet accompanied by Murdoc popping up from a flight case. Onlookers are promoted again to “follow your nearest sound machine.”
So far, in 2020 the Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s animated band have released the “Song Machine Theme Tune” and a full-single with British wavemaker slowthai and Slaves on “Momentary Bliss.” The group’s Song Machine project documents the creation of new music and episode one was released January 30 around the “Momentary Bliss” track.
Another epic tease revealed the Gorillaz’s a cartoon cohorts invading the cover art for Tame Impala’s beloved 2015 LP, Currents. Since Gorillaz’ previously released “Momentary Bliss” was previewed similarly, could the new track be a joint effort with Tame Impala who recently released the critically acclaimed The Slow Rush LP?
At the onset of the year, Tame Impala‘s fourth studio album, The Slow Rush, was already one of the most anticipated LP’s of 2020. Now, Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s Gorillaz have thrown their hat in the ring with the rollout of a new audiovisual project, Sound Machine, led by a slowthai and Slaves-assisted single, “Momentary Bliss.” Doubling down on potentially year-defining new material, it appears the two bands may be priming fans a collaboration together.
Recently, Gorillaz’s animated guitarist Noodle shared an image on social media of his cartoon cohorts invading the cover art for Tame Impala’s beloved 2015 LP, Currents. Considering Gorillaz’ recent “Momentary Bliss” was previewed in a similar fashion ahead of the tune’s release, an upcoming joint effort between Tame Impala and Gorillaz now seems imminent. See Noodle’s post below.
Gorillaz just launched their new project Song Machine, a series of collaborative singles to be released throughout the year. The first installment, or “episode,” was “Momentary Bliss,” a song with the politically charged British rapper slowthai and UK punk duo Slaves. And it seems like the second might feature an even … More »
Gorillaz have never been shy about working with rappers—the virtual band’s catalog boasts work with rappers ranging from Del The Funky Homosapien to Snoop Dogg. Adding to those ranks, Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett have linked with British wavemaker slowthai and Slaves on “Momentary Bliss.” The band has also announced an upcoming project titled Song Machine—an episodic series that documents the creation of new music. Episode one, released January 30, centers around “Momentary Bliss.”
Song Machine once again highlights Gorillaz’s increasingly innovative approach in a modern and rapidly evolving release landscape. The nature of this latest project’s surprise delivery is the characteristically atypical quality that defines the Gorillaz project. Alongside each installment of the docu-series comes an additional treat called “Machine Bitez.” The feature will include snippets of conversations being held between the cartoon band members and real life collaborators.
Two days ago, Gorillaz started teasing the first “season” of a new project called Song Machine. Yesterday, we found out what it actually is — a series of collaborative singles, aka “episodes,” that will be released throughout the year. And today, the first installment has already arrived. More »
Gorillaz have teased their first 2020 offering with a cryptic new clip titled “Song Machine Theme Tune.” The audio snippet, capped at a run-time of just 24 seconds, alludes to something called Gorillaz Present Song Machine. The image of an absurdist music machine is depicted in the project’s artwork and the sound follows a similar suit—neither of which comes as a surprise from Damon Albarn and artist Jamie Hewlett’s animated band.
In a mysterious unraveling of social media posts, the band urges onlookers that “the machine has been switched on” and to “follow your nearest sound machine (snooze you lose).”
Gorillaz recently released a documentary about making their fifth studio LP, 2017’s Humanz and 2018’s The Now Now. The documentary is called Gorillaz: Reject False Icons, and it premiered in theaters December 2019. Hear “Song Machine Theme Tune” below.
Gorillaz are teasing a new project. They’ve shared a 20-second clip called “Song Machine Theme Tune” on various social media and streaming platforms along with the caption “The Machine has been switched on.” Clicking the link provided prompts fans to “subscribe now for the next episode (snooze you lose)” of something … More »
Gorillaz recently announced a new documentary film, “Gorillaz: Reject False Icons,” and the virtual band has now released a trailer for the film, giving fans a look into what they can expect from the one-night-only release.
Though short, the trailer showcases clips of Gorillaz’s live performances dispersed between animated moments featuring the band’s animated characters. One thing the trailer proves is that the documentary will not be lacking in energy. Whether it’s the upbeat music to accompany the 30-second trailer or the intense guitar riffs being performed on stage, the documentary looks to be nothing short of exciting.
“Gorillaz: Reject False Icons” is directed by Denholm Hewlett, and the film will appear in theaters worldwide for one night only on Monday, Dec. 16. The documentary will focus on the making of the band’s fifth studio album, Humanz, and sixth studio album, The Now Now, and their respective touring.
Gorillaz have announced a new documentary film, “Gorillaz: Reject False Icons.” Directed by Denholm Hewlett, the film will appear in theaters worldwide for one night only on Monday, Dec. 16.
The documentary will be released in partnership with Gorillaz Productions, Eleven, Trafalgar Releasing, and Warner Music Entertainment. Reject False Icons will focus on the making of the band’s fifth studio album Humanz and sixth studio album The Now Now and their respective touring. According to the press release, the film also features appearances from artists Vince Staples, PUSHA T, Jehnny Beth, Danny Brown, Kelela, Mavis Staples, Noel Gallagher, and more.
The Grammy award-winning virtual band partnered with Levi’s earlier this year on a customizable apparel line that starred an exclusive library of co-creator Jamie Hewlett’s art. The collaboration also follows Gorillaz’s partnership with G-Shock on a watch line.
After partnering with G-SHOCK last year to celebrate the company’s 35-year anniversary with an exclusive collection, Gorillaz are continuing their brand partnership route with Levi’s via a collection for a redesigned logo by the band’s co-creator Jamie Hewlett. 2D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle, and Russel Hobbs each appear on various pieces throughout the collection.
The clothing line spans graphic denim jackets, printed hoodies, T-shirts, and tote bags. Each item has customization features, so fans of the release can choose from an exclusive library of Jamie Hewlett’s artwork, alternative patterns, motifs, colors, and sizes.
Murdoc Niccals remarked to HYPEBEAST that he believes in “harnessing the creative power of our millions of fans. Plus, it saves a lot of designing our end, which means more time for our other hobbies. I’m training to become an MMA fighter, and 2D is learning the pogo stick. You’d be an absolute philistine not to put me on your denim,” adding with his signature playfulness because “green and blue are side-by-side on the color wheel.”