“It’s humanz with a Z, which, simply put, [means] we’re in transition. We’re turning into something else. The album came from this dark fantasy that came into my head the beginning of last year, which was imagining the weirdest, unpredictable thing happening that changes everything about the world. How will you feel on that night? How will you go out – will you get drunk, will you stay at home, watch TV, talk to people? I suppose we were imagining Donald Trump. The album’s not about Trump at all, but it was imagining that happening, in a way, that was our dark fantasy. And unfortunately it became reality. It’s a party record, a club record. But it’s got this weird darkness about it.”
Lucky for us, Gorillaz released their first record in six years since 2011’s The Fall. Was it worth the wait? I would say yes: 26 songs with incredible feauturing artists including Grace Jones, D.R.A.M., Pusha T, Danny Brown, Keela and Benjamin Clementine.
More so, because of this gem- a remix by British DJ Bonobo.
The title Andromeda is inspired by the name of a club Albarn went to as a teenager on Friday nights to hear soul music, and Albarn’s recently deceased mother-in-law Ethel, who was interested in astronomy. The song is dedicated to Ethel, and was written during her illness. During the process, Albarn began to reminisce on “all these beautiful people I’d known who passed away,” including Bobby Womack, who collaborated with Albarn on the 2010 Gorillaz album Plastic Beach.
When the pulsing looks to die for Take it in your heart now, lover When the case is out And tired and sodden Take it in your heart Back to when it was cool Take it in your heart, heart, heart, heart Take it in your heart now, lover Outside, cold and ghosting out with jet lag I took it to the right man Took it all back When the courts were closing It was Bobby gracing I know that A bullet to the right man He pulled it back Caught in your eyes Stacks of lights Come streaming back Make it for the best times Growing pains, good times Good times, good times Take it in your heart, heart, heart, heart Take it in your heart now, lover Where it all went down