Damon Albarn Reveals the Political Influence Behind the New Gorillaz Album 'Humanz'

Hint: it involves Donald Trump’s presidency.

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Earlier this week, Gorillaz announced their first studio album in six years and debuted four new pieces of music via a set of animated visuals. Scheduled to arrive on April 28, Gorillaz’s Humanz LP will feature contributions from Danny Brown, Vince Staples, Pusha T, De La Soul, D.R.A.M., Popcaan, Kelela and others. Continuing the promotional campaign for the new project, Gorillaz co-creator and architect Damon Albarn stopped by BBC Radio 1 for a brief interview.

Speaking to BBC Radio 1 personality and DJ MistaJam, Albarn opened up about the politically-minded narrative behind the new Gorillaz project. “The album kind of came from this dark fantasy of… I suppose it came into my head at the beginning of last year, which was like, just imagine the weirdest, unpredictable thing happening that changes everything about the world. How will you feel on that night? Will you go an get drunk? Will you just stay at home? Will you just watch TV? Will you talk to people?” explains Albarn. “It’s not about Donald Trump at all, but it was imagining [him becoming president] happening. That was our dark fantasy, and unfortunately, it became reality.”

You can check out Damon Albarn’s entire exchange with MistaJam above. For more, run through our recent look at the iconic Gorillaz discography.

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