Band were too hot last summer to record their eighth record, which may now ‘never come out’, says Damon Albarn
Blur’s unfinished eighth album, recorded in Hong Kong, “may just be one of those records that never comes out”, Damon Albarn has confessed. Despite penning around15 songs, the group apparently wilted in the Hong Kong heat, flying home before the work was complete.
“There’s some great tunes on there,” Albarn explained to NME. “[But] there was too much commuting between where we were staying and where we were recording, and it was a bit too hot. I think that’s why we didn’t get it finished.”
Blur took about a week to record in Hong Kong last summer but were “just jamming”, according to a previous interview with Alex James. And yet because they left the country before completing the sessions, Albarn claims that it would be too hard to resume the project. “If I’d been able to write the lyrics there and then about being there, we’d have finished the record,” he said. “I like making records in short periods of time … Sometimes, if you can’t do it all at once, it dissipates …”
Blur’s Hong Kong session was at least their second attempt to record a followup to 2003’s Think Tank. In May 2012, producer William Orbit claimed that Albarn had pulled the plug on an “amazing” potential LP: “It was all over with Damon, and the rest of the band were like, ‘Is this it?’ … Brilliant and talented tho he is, [Damon] is kinda a shit to the rest of Blur.”
Currently, Albarn is said to be creating a family musical. He’s expressed an interest in reuniting Gorillaz, as well as writing a sequel to his recent solo album, Everyday Robots.
On Monday, Blur revealed plans to release a concert album recorded in Japan in 1995. Live at the Budokan will come out on 11 August.
Damon Albarn has also announced that he will perform for the first time at the Royal Albert Hall on 15 November. He will be joined by his current band, the Heavy Seas, a string section, a gospel choir and “some very special guests”. Tickets are on sale on 1 August.
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