If you’re Damon Albarn, you’ve got more than enough cool-buffer to do whatever you want, which is why we can only be a little bit mad that there’s been a full month between his last single and the new one, Particles.
First we got ethereal title track The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows. After that it was the sax-lapped, synth-washed Polaris. And now we get the live performance of Particles, gorgeously filmed by Sublime Boulevards.
Opening with long violin chords and plaintive piano, the song is a little piece of ballad-heaven, but the video also gives us chills for a number of reasons: Albarn’s face is in near-shadow the whole time, there’s a cellist who strongly resembles a certain passed member of Hollywood royalty, and you can spot Gorillaz mascot ‘Bonesy’ on the back of the piano. The whole thing is a mood.
As for the album, Albarn has told us that it was “originally intended as an orchestral piece inspired by the landscapes of Iceland”, but lockdown meant the tracks were developed further inside the studio. The record will navigate themes of “fragility, loss, emergence and rebirth.”
Get your pre-order in at JB right now, and get your eyes onto Particles below.
The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows by Damon Albarn is out November 13 via Transgressive.