Rumors and opinions have been flying throughout the air over the past few months in speculation of British hip-hop band Gorillaz releasing another new album as a follow-up to Humanz, which arrived back in April of last year. Late last week, it was reported that a website at TheNowNow.tv had arrived online and featured a retro-themed video around the supposed titled of the band’s next studio album, The Now Now. Apparently, the subtle teases weren’t enough of a confirmation for Emma de Caunes, the wife of Gorillaz animator and co-founder Jamie Hewlett.
As Consequence of Sound reports, Emma de Caunes seemed to have confirmed the album’s title, artwork and June 29 release date via her Instagram account over the holiday weekend. The colorful font themes for The Now Now along with the previously shared date were captured in a screenshot image of one of her Instagram Stories. That, along with the website and the band apparently sharing “a series of posters" at All Points East festival in London recently should be enough evidence to confirm that Gorillaz’s follow up to 2017 Humanz will be arriving one month from today, just in time for summer.
The brief teaser clip from the website can be heard and watched in the Twitter video below, and features a simple animation to go with throwback disco music. There’s been no word as to whether or not Gorillaz will be channeling their inner retro dance style of songwriting on this upcoming album, but even if they did, that’d be awesome.
“We’re working on another Gorilllaz album that we’re going to be releasing next year,” Hewlett admitted towards the end of 2017. “Usually we have a good five-year break between each album but we decided, ‘You know what? Let’s keep going. Because there are ideas for a few more albums so we’re going to go straight into that. So that will be all of next year and probably the year beyond that.”
It’s also worth reminding fans that Humaz featured guest appearances from artists ranging from former Brit-Pop rival Noel Gallagher, to breakout pop singer Kali Uchis. For the upcoming The Now Now album, it’s anyone’s guess as to who else may appear in Gorillaz’ animated music world.