14/10/21

Listen to Damon Albarn’s new single The Tower of Montevideo

The Tower of Montevideo is the new track from Damon Albarn, out today. Inspired by Palacio Salvo, an iconic 1920s building in Uruguay, it explores Albarn’s melancholic wonder at this part of South America, where Rio De La Plata meets the South Atlantic, a place he has described as both "familiar and utterly otherworldly."

To accompany the song’s release, a new special, cinematic performance film from a series entitled 'Sublime Boulevards - Performance Films' is available today on YouTube. Watch below.

The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows is the new studio album from Damon Albarn, out 12th November 2021. Originally intended as an orchestral piece inspired by the landscapes of Iceland, 2020 saw Albarn return to the music in lockdown and develop the work to 11 tracks which further explore themes of fragility, loss, emergence and rebirth. The result is a panoramic collection of songs with Albarn as storyteller. The album title is taken from a John Clare poem Love and Memory. 

In a career of perpetual musical shifts and exploration, the record uncovers more ground, finding expansive orchestral arrangements nestling with intimate melodies, discordance brushing up against infectious majesty, all set to some of Albarn’s most arresting vocal performances to date. Much like the beauty and chaos of the natural world it soundtracks, The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows vividly documents the emotional ebb and flow of the human condition, in all its extremes, serving as a soul enriching document for our times.

Alongside a digital release, there will be limited edition vinyl formats, plus CD and cassette, with the CD edition including ‘Huldufólk’ a 20-minute "hidden" track of a new and original recording that inspired some of the record's themes. There will also be a super deluxe version of the album, taking the form of a casebound book with additional photography, original scanned lyrics and artwork from Damon, alongside a white vinyl version of the album, a high quality digital file and a bonus 7” featuring an exclusive song from the recording sessions.

Preorder here.

2022 Tour Dates

  • 21 & 22 February - London (Barbican) 
  • 23 & 24 February - Dublin (National Concert Hall)
  • 26 February - Luxembourg (Philharmonie)
  • 28 February - Brussels (Bozar)
  • 1 March - Brussels (Bozar)
  • 2 March - Eindhoven (Muziekgebouw)
  • 4 & 5 March - Paris (Philharmonie) 
  • 6 March - Lyon (Auditorium)
  • 7 March - Hamburg (ElbPhilharmonie)
  • 9 March - Copenhagen (KB Hallen)
  • 11 March - Reykjavik (Harpa)

Tickets and information here

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