Gorillaz – “Hallelujah Money” (ft. Benjamin Clementine)

Over the past couple of months, Gorillaz – the project of Blur’s Damon Albarn and illustrator Jamie Hewlett – have been constantly teasing their upcoming album, including new art, various playlists, as well as colorful, quirky visual backstories of each of the group’s animated “members.” Today, on the eve of the presidential inauguration, they have returned with their first full-length release since 2010’s brilliant album Plastic Beach –  the highly political, anti-Trump track “Hallelujah Money.” The lyrics, communicated by Mercury Prize winner Benjamin Clementine, address the constant desire for power, as well as how money, both the obsession with and the dependence on it, only makes that desire stronger. It sounds incredibly dystopian; the bizarre pacing, the half-sung, half-chanted vocals, and the thick, sparse beats make the track both unsettling and thought-provoking – perhaps more than fitting given the subject matter. It sounds more like an opener to Gorillaz’ new album than anything (also considering its been made known that this is not the lead single), and while it’s still yet to be seen whether the rest of the album will follow suit in its theme, the eeriness of the new track still makes it a wonderful addition to Gorillaz’ repertoire, which has always been anything but ordinary.

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photo via Gorillaz instagram
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