Damon Albarn never seems to have a shortage of musical efforts in the works, but it sounds like his Gorillaz project with Jamie Hewlett is poised to take precedence soon.
We knew that Albarn and co. hit the studio last fall to begin work on a new Gorillaz album, and since then, rumours of collaborations with Jean Michel-Jarre, Twilite Tone, Liam Bailey and Vic Mensa have been swirling.
And although firm details about the upcoming album remain vague, Albarn spoke a bit about it in a new BBC interview this week. After discussing his work with the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians and another trip to Mali, he revealed that "later in the year, we'll be starting to get the whole Gorillaz thing together."
"I'm loving it," he continued, speaking about the new material. "It's getting there. It should be ready fairly soon."
Listen to the brief interview clip in the player below.
When it does arrive, the new record will mark Gorillaz' first since The Fall back in 2010. Albarn has since released a solo record (2014's Everyday Robots) and last year's Blur reunion record, The Magic Whip.