Virtual rockers Gorillaz have released the first single from their upcoming fifth studio album. The song, titled ‘Hallelujah Money’ features vocals from British alt-soul artist Benjamin Clementine and has a clear anti-Trump message.
The upcoming Gorillaz album is one of the most hotly anticipated records of 2017. Over the last few months both Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett have been teasing fans with snippets of information and the occasional cryptic instagram post; however, due to the secretive nature of the band, it was almost impossible to know what to expect from LP5.
Back in October is was confirmed that both Jean Michel Jarre and De La Soul would feature on the new record. It was also suggested that Noel Gallagher and Massive Attack could make an appearance.
Finally, fans have been treated to the first slice of new material in the form of ‘Hallelujah Money’, a psychedelic protest song with a subtle yet mesmeric trip-hop beat. ‘Hallelujah Money’ is perhaps a little less exciting that some of the groups previous releases; however, Benjamin Clementine’s vocals completely steal the show, almost seamlessly transitioning from haunting baritone melodies to spoken word poetry.
Both the song’s lyrics and music video allude to the meteoric rise of Donald Trump, with images of Benjamin Clementine displayed in front of a golden elevator and phrases such as ‘Best way to protect our tree, Is by building walls’ included in the song.
The single was accompanied by the following statement from bassist ‘Murdoc’: “In these dark times, we all need someone to look up to. Me,” “That’s why I’m giving you this new Gorillaz song, a lightning bolt of truth in a black night. You’re welcome. Now piss on! The new album’s not gonna write itself.”
So far the upcoming Gorillaz record does not have an official release date; however, Jamie Hewlett has suggested that it will not be made available until late 2017.