Gorillaz fans, rejoice! Damon Albarn has confirmed that a new Gorillaz album is in the works. “I’m starting recording in September,” he told Australia’s ABC News.
This comes months after Rolling Stone reported that an album was “earmarked” for 2016.
This will be the first album for the virtual band since 2011’s The Fall. Why the gap? “I’ve just been really, really busy so I haven’t had a chance,” says Albarn.
That seems a reasonable excuse, given that Albarn’s other major project, Blur, released their eighth studio album in April and just kicked off a world summer tour.
It sounds like the Gorillaz album will be a respite from the long nights of performing and travel. Albarn calls the tour a “slog” and admits, “I’d love to just get back in to that routine of being at home and coming to the studio five days a week.”
Of course, music isn’t the only piece. Gorillaz artist Jamie Hewlett will also return to illustrate the animated foursome, according to Rolling Stone.
Read the full ABC interview with Albarn here.