At last, Gorillaz have returned.
Today, Damon Albarn has resurrected his acclaimed band to release “Hallelujah Money”, their first new song in six years. A collaboration with UK singer-songwriter Benjamin Clementine, the politically-charged track reportedly serves as our first preview of the band’s long-awaited new album. Watch its accompanying video above (via Uproxx).
Arriving on the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration, the track is a sharp rebuttal of the president-elect’s inflammatory rhetoric and fear-mongering policies. The video begins with Clementine standing in Trump Tower as he croons about building walls and corporate greed. As he steps inside a gold-plated elevator and ascends to the floors above, the background gives way to a series of poignant projections. Eventually, Albarn himself chimes in, singing “When the morning comes, we are still human. How will we know? How will we dream? How will we love?”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDUrpPvU1_4
In a tweet accompanying the song’s release, Gorillaz write, “Dark time – u need someone to look up to … Here’s a lightning bolt of truth in a black night. Now piss on! New stuff won’t write itself.”
Gorillaz, the heroes we need.