Some feel good news to end your Memorial Day weekend: Gorillaz will indeed release a new album called The Now Now on June 29th.
The band first teased the release of its sixth album with a newly launched website, TheNowNow.tv. The website features a teaser video in which Gorillaz’s own 2-D can be seen sitting with a guitar. Additionally, posters appearing at this weekend’s All Points East Festival in London included the phrase “NO MORE UNICORNS ANYMORE. That same phrase recently appeared in artwork created by Gorillaz co-founder Jamie Hewlett.
Now, Heweltt’s wife, Emma de Caunes, has confirmed the album’s release via her Instagram account. Update: Beat 1’s Zane Lowe will premiere the album’s first single, “Humility”, on Thursday.
We’ve reached out to representatives of the band for additional information.
After a prolonged seven-year absence, Gorillaz returned last year with their fifth studio album, Humanz. Late last year, Hewlett confirmed that the band was planning to release a follow-up in 2018. “Usually we have a good five years break but this time we decided to keep going,” Hewlett said at the time. He also revealed that the band would be exploring a “new direction.”
“I’m inventing a new style for the next Gorillaz album,” Hewlett explained. “Damon [Albarn] started to send me demos for new songs quite early on and that’s exciting, to hear the new direction.”