At last, Gorillaz have returned.
Today, Damon Albarn has resurrected his acclaimed band to release “Hallelujah Money”, their first new song in six years. A collaboration with UK singer-songwriter Benjamin Clementine, the politically-charged track reportedly serves as our first preview of the band’s long-awaited new album. Watch its accompanying video above (via Uproxx).
Arriving on the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration, the track is a sharp rebuttal of the president-elect’s inflammatory rhetoric and fear-mongering policies. The video begins with Clementine standing in Trump Tower as he croons about building walls and corporate greed. As he steps inside a gold-plated elevator and ascends to the floors above, the background gives way to a series of poignant projections. Eventually, Albarn himself chimes in, singing “When the morning comes, we are still human. How will we know? How will we dream? How will we love?”
In a tweet accompanying the song’s release, Gorillaz write, “Dark time – u need someone to look up to … Here’s a lightning bolt of truth in a black night. Now piss on! New stuff won’t write itself.”
Gorillaz, the heroes we need.