Last year, speculations about the Gorillaz releasing new music began when co-creator, Jamie Hewlett, confirmed that he and fellow creator Damon Albarn had been working on some new music. Then, months later, Albarn gave his own update during an interview with BBC Radio 6 Music where he said “it should be really, fairly soon.” On Thursday (Jan. 19), the animate-group premiered their first new song since the release of 2011’s The Fall.
Taking to their social media pages, the official music video and audio for “Hallelujah Money” premiered. According to the Gorillaz’s management team, “Hallelujah Money” is “a rumination on power, big business, and money.” The new song features vocals by English singer, Benjamin Clementine. As Clementine sings in front of a screen, emotional and controversial footage plays behind him.
“In these dark times, we all need someone to look up to,” Gorillaz’s guitarist Murdoc said in a release. “Me. That’s why I’m giving you this new Gorillaz song, a lightning bolt of truth in a black night. You’re welcome. Now piss on! The new album’s not gonna write itself.”
The politically charged song comes on the eve of the United States’ government taking a massive leap backwards with the inauguration of a person that we chose not to name nor respect. The music video for the new track can be streamed above.
There is no word on whether “Hallelujah Money” will be featured on the Gorillaz’s highly anticipated new album. As per Albarn and Hewlett, we should expect that new, yet-to-be-titled album sometime in 2017.