Blur have unveiled details of their first album in 12 years, which will be called The Magic Whip. Damon Albarn said that the follow-up to 2003’s Think Tank was a return to “the way we recorded when we started. It wasn’t a flash studio, it was pretty claustrophobic and hot. We went in and knocked about loads of ideas.”
Initially conceived in Hong Kong, during downtime following a cancelled show in Japan, the band spent five or six days laying down ideas, then enlisted producer Stephen Street to develop them. Albarn described the album as similar in style to the music David Bowie made during his mid 70’s Berlin period. He said: “There’s nothing pastoral about it – it’s very urban.”
Albarn, guitarist Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree will also headline this year’s British Summer Time in Hyde Park on 20 June, the fourth time they have played there.
The band made their announcement at a hastily arranged press conference in a Chinese restaurant in London, hosted by Zane Lowe. Albarn admitted that the band had gone as far as they could go without returning to the studio: “I really felt at the end of the last gigs that that was it – there was no way we could do another gig without an another album.”