It’s barely been a calendar year since British alt-pop group Gorillaz released their highly anticipated Humanz LP on April 28 of 2017. Following a handful of promising reports and rumors over the last few weeks for potential follow-up album, the band’s co-founder and primary performing member Damon Albarn took to the airwaves on Thursday to share new details of the upcoming release, The Now Now, which is set to arrive is less than a month on June 29.
The announcement came a few days after the wife of the semi-animated band’s visual artist leaked a potential artwork via her Instagram, followed by Albarn sharing the album’s name via his own Twitter account. More importantly, Thursday's confirmation by way of Albarn’s interview with Zane Lowe on his Apple Music Beats 1 show also provided fans with the first two singles from The Now Now with “Humility,” and a mostly instrumental “Lake Zurich.” Both brand new tracks can be listened-to in full via their official music videos, which are seen above and below.
The video for “Humility” takes viewers into sunny Los Angeles, where one of the band’s members can be seen skating around the beach boardwalk while listening to the song on his own Beats headphones and passing familiar faces such as Jack Black, New Orleans Saints player Alex Okafor and the usual cast of characters who clog up the Venice Pier on any given day. The video for “Lake Zurich” is more visualizer based and takes the listener right into a synth-friendly retro beat that screams late 1970s space disco. Very cool.
As Pitchfork reports, the band’s new album was co-produced by British electronic duo James Ford and Remi Kabaka a.k.a. Simian Mobile Disco. Unlike Humanz, The Now Now is only set to feature select few musical cameos from George Benson, Jamie Principle and Snoop Dogg.
The band also shared a new batch of North American tour dates with support from The Internet and Little Dragon, which are set to take place in the fall starting on Oct. 8 in Toronto and running for seven total dates before coming to an end with their Demon Dayz Festival coming to Los Angeles on Oct. 20.