Posts Tagged “Damon Albarn”

Upcoming Releases: Studio version of epic album track premiered.

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General Music News: Albarn played solo material as well as Gorillaz, Blur and the Good, the Bad and the Queen tracks.

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Upcoming Releases: Check out "Lonely Press Play" and "Mr. Timbo" here.

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James recently claimed that the former Britpop rivals are “like best mates now.”

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Damon Albarn confirms the band will release a new record after his new solo effort comes out.

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He’s working on a debut solo album, but promises that Blur will still record their long-rumored album when they get a chance.

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Britpop legends Blur have started work on their first album in 10 years, according to singer Damon Albarn.

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Man Made SunMore a Devil Than a God EP
2013 Self-released
Ray Van Horn, Jr.

Israeli born, New York-planted Man Made Sun is cultivating a modest audience using a grass roots (whatever constitutes for grass roots in the digital age) reachout and frankly, what they’ve been tooling with as a band defies category to this point.  Proto pump metal?  Gutter alternative?  Psych crunk? 

Yeah, all of those and none of them, if you take the inference.  On their nicely constructed debut EP More a Devil Than a God, Man Made Sun would first have you believe they’re aiming towards a pop metal audience with the hook-filled “God Vs. God” and “Belief.”  Then they change gears altogether on “Signal,” which merges grunge rock and electro punk, i.e. early Soundgarden and Pearl Jam with The Prodigy, of all concoctions. 

On “Three Things,” there’s more of a punk base in the fuzzy drawl of Fugazi that’s given a bit of a subliminal hip hop groove without drifting towards actual rap.  If anything, vocalist Ofer Tiberin (former guitarist of Emok) slithers and slinks his notes and words, accentuating instead of punctuating.  Even when he huffs out a pseudo rap attack amidst the crunchy street riffs on “God Vs. God,” there’s more of a restrained open mike essence instead of flat-out slam to his delivery.   

The coolest number on the EP, “Waiting for the Sun,” throws a few curveballs, tricking the listener into thinking Man Made Sun is going straight for a neo-gangsta rap groove before jacking the track with shrilling guitar lines and synthetic Middle Eastern whispers as interpreted through electro channels.  Tiberin weaves a pretty tasty splice of Cake’s John McCrea and Damon Albarn on this song’s verses while wailing like he’s just getting its pipes loosened on the choruses.

If there’s any glaring shortfall to More a Devil Than a God, it’s a slight bit of hesitation from the band instead of pulling their triggers.  There’s so much going in these tracks and evidence of Man Made Sun trying to hedge an actual voice for themselves, more attention is given to the execution and homogenous mixing of their parts instead of letting their creative mojo leap free.  You can sense a tiger’s soul lingering within this collective hiding in the proverbial brush and waiting for the right delta to spring forward into, claws and incisors bared at the ready.

Still, Man Made Sun are onto something.  Once that something is constituted as creed within their band, look the hell out.

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Noel to play with Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon at Teenage Cancer Trust concert next March.

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Damon Albarn won’t be retiring from the money made at last night’s Hyde Park gig, as the Blur frontman has revealed that the band were paid just £300 for the show.

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