The Surprise Return of Gorillaz!

After a hiatus that many feared would ultimately become a permanent retirement, animated hip hop electronic band and masters of cool Gorillaz are set to make their highly anticipated return. It will mark the band’s first new music since their two albums released in 2010, the masterwork Plastic Beach and the slightly less stellar, more experimental work The Fall.

Damon Albarn, the British crooner behind Gorillaz as well as alternative bands Blur and The Good, the Bad, and the Queen, covertly broke the news in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald. Never one to mince words, Albarn simply stated that he is “in the process of reactivating Gorillaz for a 2016 release,” a far more hopeful statement than in 2012 when he said that future Gorillaz projects were unlikely. Albarn most recently has been touring in support of his debut solo album, Everyday Robots, released earlier this year.

Gorillaz are of course known for their cast of animated band members, 2D, Murdoc, Russell, and Noodle, who raise all kinds of hijinks in their colorful music videos. The band’s output ranks among some of the best and most diverse songs of the millennium, from tracks like superchill stoner jam ‘Clint Eastwood’ to the funk odyssey of ‘Feel Good, Inc.’ to the electro-stomphouse of ‘Stylo’. We thought the return of Twin Peaks was enough to make 2016 the most exciting year of pop culture, but this makes for an extra thick layer of icing on the cake.

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