Published Mar 09, 2011On Christmas Day, 2010, Gorillaz unveiled The Fall, a 15-track "sonic journal" that mastermind Damon Albarn recorded on an iPad while touring America. The album was released on the band's website as a free download for fan club members, while the rest of us had to settle for a stream (at least legally). Now, the collection will finally be getting a physical release.
On Record Store Day (April 16), the album will be released on 180-gram vinyl via Parlophone/Virgin. Fictional member 2D (he's the one on the album cover above) offered this quote for a press release:
Uhmmm... The first Gorillaz album, our debut record, was more Russel's... like... lots of hip-hop, funk and Cuban dub stars. Demon Days right, came more from Noodle and her dark doomy demos that she made, and all of her contemplations on the world 'in a place of night'. Plastic Beach came out mainly from Murdoc's head, all of his mucky exploits and global collaborations and legendary mash-ups recorded on the Plastic Beach island in the middle of the ocean. Very rum and piratey... And this one The Fall, is mostly just me... something more gentle and just... well... it's just me and an iPad really mucking about... trying out some stuff. Just looking at America and then tapping on the screen... I'm not really concentrating too hard on it... So, right, each album got all of us on it somewhere, but each time it's... more of one of us than the others... Well, that's how I see it anyway.
Once the LP is in stores, The Fall will be issued in other formats as well. The CD and digital download are due to arrive a few days later on April 19.
If you're not sure whether the album is worth your hard-earned cash, you can give it a listen over at the band's website.