It may sound a little ominous and foreboding, but dammit, it’s a return. And no one should be bright and sunny all the time. It could have been the wild year of election scandals, global protests and no shortage of heavy social media commentary to speak out and drop something politically apropos.
Fans haven’t heard a peep from Albarn's music-media project since their singles collection dropped in 2011, and Plastic Beach was released about a year prior. If you were able to listen past the killer melodies and catchy hooks on Plastic Beach, you are aware that dark social commentary is not exactly new for Gorillaz. Their most recent full-length album directly addressed themes of stupid humans destroying the planet and floating plastic islands filling up our oceans.
The tracks’ corporate-weary overtone carries on in the newest song – Hallelujah Money. While we have become accustomed to their anime-style illustrations, this video and track features the soulful Benjamin Clementine, who was signed to a major record label after being discovered singing tunes for food in the Paris metro two years ago. His dark croon is honest beyond a doubt, even bordering on apocalyptic at times: “Don’t worry my friend / If this be the end, then so shall it be,” sings Clementine.
A warning of darkness that’s been? Or that to come? Who’s to say. Keep on the lookout for Gorillaz sightings. Until next time, enjoy their new video.