Wow, Damon Albarn recored a Gorillaz album on his iPad while touring and has decided to release the album for free as a Christmas Day gift.
It’s all part of the Gorillaz Advent Calendar, where the band releases something new for fans every day in December leading up to Christmas.
Consequence of Sound points out that Albarn and Gorillaz co-founder Jamie Hewlett recently did an interview with Australia’s Perth Now in which they laid out the plans for the still-untitled album. In that interview, Hewlett says, “At the moment, we’ve got an Advent calendar on our website, and there is a daily door that opens to reveal a gift. On Christmas Eve, a video for one of the new songs from the iPad album will be released. Then, on Christmas Day, fans get the whole album downloaded to their computer for free as a gift.”
Albarn continues, “I wanted to make sure that it came out at the end of the tour because I don’t want anyone to think I’d tampered with it. I literally made it on the road in America over a month. I didn’t write it before; I didn’t prepare it. I just did it day by day as a kind of diary of my experience in America. If I left it until the New Year to release it, then the cynics out there would say, ‘Oh well, it’s been tampered with.’ But if I put it out now, they’d know that I haven’t done anything because I’ve been on tour ever since.”
Well, I know what I’m doing on Christmas morning. It’ll be interesting to hear what an iPad recorded album sounds like.