After teasing a new project, Gorillaz confirm new album/animated series.
Gorillaz are launching a cartoon series titled "Song Machine" which will include new music. Starting today (January 30) they will spontaneously release new episodes combined with new music. The first track is called "Momentary Bliss" and features punk duo Slaves and British MC Slowthai.
Song machine will be quite a strange format as episodes won't have a set release date. The band promised “spontaneous delivery of episodes throughout the year.” As Rolling Stone writes, the band will team up with an "ever-evolving roster’" of collaborators, working with a different artist on every episode. Production will be handled at the band’s Kong studios.
Gorillaz already shared the ’’Song Machine’’ theme music on Thursday, while releasing "Machine Bitez #1’", a short skit featuring Murdoc, 2D, and Russel and a teaser for "Momentary Bliss" on Wednesday.
In a statement, Gorillaz drummer Russel said, ""Song Machine" is a whole new way of doing what we do. Gorillaz breaking the mould ‘cos the mould got old. World is moving faster than a supercharged particle, so we’ve gotta stay ready to drop. We don’t even know who’s stepping through the studio next. ‘Song Machine’ feeds on the unknown, runs on pure chaos. So whatever the hell’s coming, we’re primed and ready to produce like there’s no tomorrow. Y’know, just in case.”
Before the incoming project, the band has released The Now Now in 2019 and The Humanz in 2018. There is also a documentary on making of these two albums titled Gorillaz: Reject False Icons, which came out in December 2019.