Is there a new Gorillaz record on the horizon?

After a six year hiatus, the virtual band Gorillaz (created by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett) have been dropping non-stop hints about the coming of their next album, following the release of their single ‘Hallelujah Money’ earlier this year.

Shortly after this track dropped, Gorillaz’ manager Michael Smith tweeted “Off we go then to London. Day 1 of @gorillaz prep”, insinuating that the new album was just around the corner. But how close really is the release of this elusive fifth album?

In 2015, the band’s animator Jamie Hewlett claimed “2016 is going to be Gorillaz all year.” He also commented on Albarn’s is a known prolific work-style and said, “I don’t think it will be long!” However, he later backtracked on these comments, suggesting that the new album may take longer than expected. In an Instagram post by a fan who met Jamie, it was claimed that the new album is now slated for a 2017 release date, with Hewlett saying the album is “really fuckin special” but “can’t be rushed”.

Just a few days ago, another fan (post bumping into Hewlett backstage at a gig) tweeted: “He says they’ve just finished the album and they’re rehearsing right now!! :)”

All signs point to a release in the first half of this year, but considering 2010’s ‘Plastic Beach’ was recorded over a 17-month period while ‘The Fall‘, was recorded during touring on an iPad, who can really tell when Gorillaz will next grace us with their music presence? Follow WiredNoise to stay updated.

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