A new short film has been released by Jaguar Racing featuring Gorillaz band member Noodle. The short comes after a wave of activity on Gorillaz social media accounts, that has got fans wondering if a new record is on the way soon.
The Jaguar short was directed by Gorillaz animator Jamie Hewlett, and features cartoon guitarist Noodle test driving the latest Jaguar Formula E car. The band hinted a new material last month, when they posted a cryptic tweet stating: “The _ End, Untill Next Time”.
Noodle has officially been announced as Jaguar’s new global ambassador.
The band have now launched a series of instagram posts titled ‘The Book of Noodle’. The series features a short story about Noodles, accompanied by a number of short animations regarding the band member and general Japanese culture.
It has been 5 years since Gorillaz released their fourth album ‘The Fall’ in 2011. The album was generally well received by critics, but failed to live up the commercial success of its predecessor 2010’s ‘Plastic Beach’, which charted a number 2 in both the US and UK.
It has been widely rumoured that founding members Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett have been working on new material over the last couple of years. Back in July Albarn stated: “Later in the year we’ll be starting to get the whole Gorillaz thing together. I’m loving it and it’s getting there. It should be ready fairly soon.”
He had previously said of the new material: “So far, it’s really fast, and it’s got quite a lot of energy. I’ve been stuck on piano, somewhere off Broadway, for years now. I want to go somewhere completely opposite of that.”
One of the most popular Gorillaz rumours is the prospect of a collaboration with Noel Gallagher. Albarn and Gallagher had once been sworn enemies during the 90s britpop war between Blur and Oasis however, in recent years the pair have become increasingly complimentary of each others work.