It’s been four years since Damon Albarn, Jamie Hewlett and company’s second Gorillaz LP, Demon Days, sold millions of copies and topped dozens of “best of” lists, but the animated, genre-bending group aren’t planning to rest on their laurels anytime soon. In an interview with the Guardian’s Paul Morley, singer/songwriter/producer Damon Albarn confirmed rumors about the third Gorillaz full-length, including the album title and ambitious roster of collaborators.
The “nearly finished” album, entitled Plastic Beach, is “the most pop record [he’s] ever made,” featuring guest performances by Lou Reed, Snoop Dogg, Bobby Womack, Barry Gibb, Mos Def and (as was previously known) the Horrors.
There’s no release date yet set for Plastic Beach, but Albarn also revealed that he’s currently wrapping up an album with Flea and Tony Allen, with whom he also collaborated on the Africa Express project.
For more from Albarn on recording seagulls at landfills for Gorillaz LP3, the Blur reunion, and a few thoughts on the aughts, listen to Morley’s brilliant interview here.