The sudden rise and amazingly fast fall of Gorillaz fascinates me to some degree. Their self-titled debut was a superb introduction to the new sounds offered up by Blur frontman, Damon Albarn. Demon Days was even better, featuring some incredible singles that paired Albarn up with swathes of talent, the greatest of all being Shaun Ryder. After that, though, there was little of interest. Their mainstream interest waned somewhat, and I’ve not met anyone who has listened to Humanz or The Now Now, which I have listened to, and don’t recommend whatsoever. Their latest release, Song Machine: Season One, offers up a setlist of collaborations that are made in the hopes of revitalising the appeal Gorillaz once had. It doesn’t work.
As I broaden my musical horizons by listening solely to artists I vaguely know the name of, I find it odd that I’d put off Gorillaz for so long. Created by the fluffy haired, starry eyed Damon Albarn of Britpop’s Blur fame, it seemed right up my street. A project that transcended music itself and delved into animation and performance art, it couldn’t have come from anyone else but Albarn. Perhaps their most popular and successful album, Demon Days released in the not so distant year of 2005, and it certainly shows.