The interview was conducted last month during Coachella, where Blur served as headliners. At the time, Albarn had just wrapped recording his first solo album alongside frequent collaborator Richard Russell, who’s also the head of XL Recordings. “Richard does the rhythmic side, and I do everything else,” Albarn told Rolling Stone. “It’s sort of folk soul.”
Albarn plans to support the album’s release by embarking on a solo tour, where he’ll perform songs from his entire career, including Blur and Gorillaz.
Speaking of Blur, Albarn confirmed that a new album “is a definite possibility.” He told Rolling Stone that the band plans to record in between their various festival appearances this summer. “We’ve got a couple of occasions when we’re stuck in the middle of nowhere. So we might make the record in a week. If we can, it would be nice.”
Albarn also spoke about his recent work with Bobby Womack, his opera Monkey: Journey to the West, which will be staged in New York City next July, and takeaways from Gorillaz’s 2010 North American tour (“It was incredible fun, I loved doing it, but economically it was an absolute fucking disaster.”)