Damon Albarn has dropped the title track to his newly-announced second solo album, The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows.
The track features ambient synth soundscapes and gently picked guitars, as Albarn contemplates the past. “To think of life, that did laugh on your face / In the beautiful past left so desolate now / When you’ve seemed immortal / So sweet it did we / Heaven’s halo around you,” he sings.
The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows will feature 11 tracks, and will be released on November 12 via Transgressive Records. His follow-up to his 2014 solo debut, Everyday Robots, the new album by the Blur and Gorillaz frontman initially began in 2019 as an orchestral project and live experience, where he was inspired by Iceland’s landscapes.
“I’d been dreaming on making music while looking out of that window, when my friend from the Lyon Festival offered me the very tempting proposition of ‘You can do whatever you want’,” Albarn shared with NME on the record. “I took some of these realtime, extreme elemental experiences [of Iceland] and then tried to develop more formal pop songs with that as my source.”
Meanwhile, Gorillaz most recently released Song Machine last October, which featured an ensemble cast of collaborations. The record featured both established mega-stars like Elton John and The Cure’s Robert Smith, as well as rising hip hop acts like JPEGMAFIA and slowthai.
Listen to Albarn’s new song here: