Damon Albarn has been building up the release of his debut solo album Everyday Robots with a series of heavy-hearted song clips.
The piano led song ‘Heavy Seas Of Love’ which features Brian Eno on guest vocals is the latest. The music box melody contrasts with melancholy vocals and overall is a mellow mid-tempo treat.
Other songs include the title track and ‘Lonely Press Play’.
The information accompanying the video for ‘Lonely Press Play’ explains it was “shot by Damon on a tablet and you’ll see scenes from Tokyo, London, Dallas, Utah, Colchester, North Korea, Iceland and Devon.” Albarn has always embraced modern technology with music. With Gorillaz, the visuals were the source of a new live experience.
From what we’ve seen so far from Albarn’s Youtube clips, for his solo project, there seems to be sadness in the social commentary.
The lyrics, visuals and vocals all seem to be grieving for a population that have become disconnected from real life when ironically, we are living in an era where the world is within our touchscreen fingertips.
For the ‘Everyday Robots’ video, Albarn sings “We are everyday robots on our phones” as we watch the process of a human face forming in a digital animation. It’s a thought-provoking concept that reminds us to think what it is, to be human.
The single ‘Heavy Seas of Love’ will be available for download from April 27. The album Everyday Robots follows the next day on April 28.
Damon Albarn is set to perform with his current band, The Heavy Seas, in London before heading to New York to headline the Latitude Festival.
Upcoming gigs are as follows:
30 – London Rivoli Ballroom
1 – London Queen Mary University Great Hall
19 – Latitude festival – New York