March 4, 2014

He's best known for his work in Blur and Gorillaz, but it looks like he's finally struck out on his own for a solo album. This first track that he's put has me really excited for the full release. Carried by a dissonant violin sequence, Albarn manages to compliment it quite well with a subtle chord progression played on a piano. The percussion is minimal as well, but the accents are arranged in such a way that makes it feel like a bigger arrangement. A sequence of rim clicks fill out the spaces between the 2-and-4 snare accents and the kick drum is aligned directly with the bass line. On top of that, you've got a great harmonic layering, with a nice melody that is supported by intertwining harmonies coming from both violins and backing vocals. This all works very nicely with Albarn's soft, melodic lead vocal, which sets the tone for the song. The entire work is elegantly done, and laced with a few effects as well as a sample of Lord Buckley's hipsemantic rant on Alvar Nunez Cabeza De Vaca to add some character.

Let us know about some of your favorite musical arrangements down in the comments!

Can you help us out?

For 17 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit, but now Facebook is drowning us in an ocean of right wing lies. Please give a one-time or recurring donation, or buy a year's subscription for an ad-free experience. Thank you.

Discussion

New Commenting System

Our comments are now powered by Insticator. In order to comment you will need to create an Insticator account. The process is quick and simple. When registering you will also be presented with the option to tie all your old Disqus comments to your new Insticator account. Please note that the ability to comment with a C&L site account is no longer available.

We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service (revised 3/17/2016) for information on our posting policy.