Damon Albarn, one of the hardest working artists in music, has unveiled the first taste of his highly anticipated debut solo album, Everyday Robots. Albarn first gained fame in the mid ’90s as the lead singer of Blur, but became even more popular in America as the mastermind behind Gorillaz. Although he has been involved in a slightly insane amount of side projects, including The Good, the Bad, and the Queen, Africa Express and Rocket Juice & the Moon, “Everyday Robots” serves as the first single released under Albarn’s own name.
While the track’s piano riff is reminiscent of Blur’s excellent 2012 single “Under the Westway,” the repetitive use of ominous strings gives the track a contemplative yet eerie feel. The lyrics reflect Albarn’s anxiety towards our obsessive use of modern technology and to kick off the title track, the former Britpop poster-boy sings, “We are everyday robots on our phones / In the process of getting old.”
Damon Albarn’s Everyday Robots comes out on April 29th via Warner Bros. If the lead single is any indication, it will likely be one of the most intriguing releases of 2014. Stream it above.