In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Damon Albarn touches upon a wide range of issues, from Gorillaz’s highly anticipated return to Blur’s upcoming show at New York’s Madison Square Garden to his current standing with Noel Gallagher. The British music vet is also given a list of current music stars — including Taylor Swift — to sound off on.
Albarn calls Kanye West “pretty unique,” but describes Swift as, “Remarkable, but not unique.” For Drake, Albarn says, “He’s not as consistent as he could be”; Future is “Really interesting, and sometimes exhilarating”; and for Rihanna, the 47-year-old cheekily adds, “Well, she's on the cover of NME, so she must be cool.”
Later, Albarn confirms that a new Gorillaz album — the group’s first since 2010’s Plastic Beach — is coming, although it’s in “very early” stages of development. “So far, it's really fast, and it's got quite a lot of energy,” he says. “I’ve been stuck on piano, somewhere off Broadway, for years now. I want to go somewhere completely opposite of that.”
Blur performs next Friday (Oct. 23) at Madison Square Garden, and Albarn says that he reached out to a famous comedian to perform the band’s song “Parklife” at the show. “I asked Mike Myers — he's a lovely guy," Albarn notes. "I imagined him as Austin Powers doing ‘Parklife.’ It'd be quite a wonderful thing. But unfortunately he couldn't do it.”
Check out eight amazingly blurry photos of Blur below: