by: Ariel King
Sep 24, 2021
Damon Albarn has shared a live performance video of “Royal Morning Blue.” Set to appear on his upcoming sophomore solo record, The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows, “Royal Morning Blue” finds the Gorillaz mastermind and former Blur frontman sitting behind his piano, surrounded by his accompanying band. He croons the track’s lyrics, black and white hues matching the song’s moody lyrics.
Albarn’s upcoming LP is based on Iceland, the 11-track record created while he hunkered down in the country during the pandemic. Speaking on his influence for the new track, Albarn said,
“That’s why the song opens with ‘Rain turning into snow,’ because it’s that moment, that feeling. In all the darkness that we have experienced, that was such a beautiful, positive thing.”
With Gorillaz, Albarn will soon be releasing a carnival-themed LP as a Plastic Beach follow-up, and recently shared three new songs during a show for NHS workers. In the meantime, his upcoming solo record is scheduled for release on November 12 via Transgressive Records.
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