Much to the chagrin of their manager, the Gorillaz’s first single, “Stylo,” from upcoming album Plastic Beach, leaked on the Internet last month, detonating a flurry of blog posts, articles, and good ol’ hype for the animated band. With a month left to go until the album’s March 9 release date, Damon Albarn, Jamie Hewlett, bassist Murdoc and company have dropped a few more album teasers for immediate digital consumption.
In a so-called “Pirate Radio” stream on their official site and elsewhere, bassist Murdoc played a brief clip of a song from the new record. Stereogum speculates that the vocal is Sweden’s Little Dragon, and they’ve pulled the clip for us to decide for ourselves. Check it out here.
As previously reported, Lou Reed has recorded a cameo performance on the track “Some Kind of Nature.” Still can’t wait to hear that song (or the whole album for that matter), but we now have Jamie Hewlett’s Gorillaz-ized illustration of the former Velvet Underground rock god (see above). Oddly, the image was originally posted on Reed’s official site, but was abruptly removed thereafter. Fan site Gorillaz-Unofficial grabbed it, though, so have a look here or above.
And finally (for now), those hoping for a closer look at the island world on the Plastic Beach album cover art (and likely upcoming music videos) should check out the band’s new “orchestral trailer” with an animated tour of the newest Gorillaz universe. Watch it here or below: