Track Of The Day: The Good, The Bad And The Queen - Gun To The Head

Another superb new helping of Damon Albarn and his illustrious band The Good The Bad And The Queen. Bringing to mind 'Hunky Dory'-era Bowie composing circus soundtracks, the dark jaunty flavour of 'Gun To The Head' also bears echoes of the British music hall elements that occasionally filtered into Blur's 'Parklife' album. Its swooning, melancholic drift of an outro takes the song to another level.

Prolific as ever following two Gorillaz albums in the space of a year, the legend that is Damon Albarn has been in the studio with his supergroup that also features Clash bassist Paul Simonon, Verve guitarist Simon Tong and afrobeat drummer Tony Allen. 11 years on from their self-titled debut album, their second LP 'Merrie Land' is due on November 16. 

The LP will be self-released on the newly created label Studio 13. Produced by Tony Visconti and The Good, The Bad and The Queen, Merrie Land contains 10 new songs - written during the current period in which the UK is preparing to leave the European Union - creating a reluctant good-bye letter, a series of observations and reflections on Britishness in 2018.

Merrie Land’s focus moves beyond GBQ’s London-themed first album to a wider land, with a beautiful and hopeful paean to the Britain of today, an inclusive Britain, currently in an Anglo-Saxostentialist crises at the end of a relationship, wondering  what might be salvaged. Could there be a more perfect band - with their creative symbiosis of pasts and present and shared acclaimed music histories - to reflect on the anticipation, disorientation and confusion of current life.


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