Gorillaz have recruited The Cure’s Robert Smith for the sixth installment in their Song Machine song series, “Strange Timez.”
It’s a melancholic, spacey anthem with a big focus on Smith’s inimitable vocals while Gorillaz’s musical mastermind Damon Albarn whispers the urgent verses. As with previous singles, “Strange Timez” came with an animated music video featuring Gorillaz’s much-loved virtual members. In the interstellar clip, the band achieve their dreams of exploring space, accompanied by a singing render of Smith’s face superimposed onto a door-shaped black hole, the wing of a satellite and the moon.
“Strange Timez” comes after a run of Gorillaz Song Machine singles: “Pac-Man” with Schoolboy Q, “Friday 13th” with Octavian, “Aries” featuring Georgia and Joy Division’s Peter Hook, “Désolé” starring Fatoumata Diawara and “Momentary Bliss” featuring slowthai and Slaves.
“Strange Timez” also shares a title with the first ‘season’ of Song Machine (which is effectively an album). Besides the aforementioned songs, it will also feature collaborations with Beck, St Vincent, Elton John and 6LACK, Kano and more. Its deluxe edition will add tracks with EarthGang, Joan As Police Woman, JPEGMAFIA, GoldLink and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and the previously released tribute to the late Tony Allen, “How Far?”
Song Machine: Season One – Strange Timez is out on October 23. Watch the video for “Strange Timez” here: