XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Everyday Robots” by Damon Albarn

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Photo by Linda Brownlee
Photo by Linda Brownlee

“Everyday Robots” is the title song from the solo debut album from Damon Albarn. Best known for being the frontman for the British rock band Blur and co-mastermind of multimedia pop project Gorillaz, Albarn has built up a formidable resume over the past decade. He collaborated with African drummer Tony Allen on two projects; The Good, The Bad and The Queen (with Simon Tong and Clash bassist Paul Simonon), and Rocket Juice & The Moon (with Red Hot Chili bassist Flea). He also worked on two operas, Monkey: Journey to the West and Dr. Dee.

His solo debut, out on April 29th, finds Albarn is back the pop/rock world. The album features appearances from Brian Eno and Natasha Khan of Bat For Lashes, and was produced by Richard Russell with whom Albarn prodcued Bobby Womack’s The Bravest Man in the Universe.

The new WXPN Gotta Hear Song of the Week is the album’s first single, “Everyday Robots.” It begins with a sample from hipster beatnik poet and comedian Lord Buckley and settles into a sleepy, hypnotic pulse and a touch of world music influence. Lyrically, Albarn reflects on how the use of technology, our phones in this case, has dehumanized us. On one of the song’s verses he sings: “Everyday robots just touch thumbs / Swimmin’ in lingo they become / Stricken in a status sea / One more vacancy.”

The video for the song was directed by artist and designer Aitor Throup. A digital portrait of Albarn, it uses CGI software and actual cranial scans and facial reconstruction techniques. Watch the video and listen to the song below.

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