Proving that he is capable of playing the media as deftly as a Malian bongo, Damon Albarn casually mentioned in an interview with the Guardian that both Blur and Gorillaz, his best-loved projects, will soon cease to be.
In his signature maddeningly ambiguous fashion, Albarn said that Blur will probably not record any new music or play any live shows after their performance at the closing ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games. Apparently, he seems to have transferred his distaste for working with Graham Coxon to bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree:
“I find it very easy to record with Graham. He’s a daily musician. With the other two, it’s harder for them to reconnect. You know what I mean? It’s fine when we play live – it’s really magical still – but actually recording new stuff, and swapping musical influences… it’s quite difficult.”
But what of Gorillaz? Granted, Albarn seems to end the band every three years, but this time it seems as though he may have bruised co-founder Jamie Hewlett’s ego a tad by not giving his animations a starring role in the band’s most recent tour:
“It was one of those things,” Albarn says. “The music and the videos weren’t working as well together, but I felt we’d made a really good record, and I was into it. So we went and played it.”
It’s not all hopeless, though. Perhaps Albarn will be lured back to one or both of his landmark projects through reconciliation with the offended parties, the promise of a yet another huge financial windfall, or the understanding that “Damon Albarn: Frontman of Rocket Juice and The Moon” doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.