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Damon Albarn Says He Is Recording A Solo Album

May 8, 2012 | Posted by Joseph Lee

Damon Albarn told The Guardian that he is recording a new solo album.

Albarn has composed and performed the music for his folk opera Dr. Dee, which will premiere in London on June 25. He is also involved in Africa Express, a UK tour of African and Western musicians which will have a London finale on September 8.

He said: “This week we’re mucking around with these Russian synthesizers in a very loose mind of doing some kind of record under my name. I suppose you could call it a solo record, but I don’t like that word. It sounds very lonely – solo. I don’t really want to be solo in my life. But yeah, I’m making another record.

He also called the London Olympic Games “too corporate”. He added: “The corporate side I find a bit depressing. There’s too much of it [sponsorship]… A lot of people see it differently.

Blur will perform at Hyde Park in a concert that coincides with the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games on August 12. When asked by BBC Radio 4’s Front Row if he “signed up to the Olympics”, he said that Blur would headline the show “for London”.

He said: “We’re putting on another celebration for the official closure of the Olympic Games. But we’re putting it on for London and people who hopefully want to sing their hearts out in a park. I’m signed up to the idea of regeneration in London and putting on a good account of ourselves, definitely. It’s celebrating our extraordinary multi-cultural potential – as a torch for the world in that sense. So yeah, I’m there with that.

He has also been working on Festival 2012 projects as part of London 2012. He previously hinted that the Hyde Park show could be Blur’s last show together, mentioning career highlights like Blur concerts at Hyde Park (which sold out) and Glastonbury in 2009. He said: “I’m seeing it as a punctuation point,” he laughed. “That can be whatever you choose to make it. I’m not foolish enough to think we can ever recreate that magic. That really was a career pinnacle.

They will be joined on stage by New Order and The Specials while giant screens show highlights of the closing ceremony from Olympic Park.


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