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Gorillaz announce new album Cracker Island and drop sparkling track New Gold

Gorillaz
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Gorillaz have announced the arrival of their forthcoming eighth studio album, Cracker Island, set for release on February 24, 2023.

To mark the news, Damon Albarn's virtual electro-rock stars have shared the track New Gold, featuring Australian psych-rockers Tame Impala and Bootie Brown of the LA alternative hip hop group The Pharcyde.

New Gold follows the July release of the album's title-track featuring Thundercat.

Recorded in LA and London earlier this year, the 10-track album welcomes a number of star-studded special guests and collaborators, including Stevie Nicks, Adeleye Omotayo, Thundercat, Tame Impala, Bad Bunny and Bootie Brown and Beck.

Of the forthcoming project, each fictional bandmember of Gorillaz has offered their own outlandish comment, with guitarist Noodle offering “Cracker Island is the sound of change and the chorus of the collective."
 
While percussionist Russel Hobbs says: “When the reckoning comes, gotta be ready to step through the gateway. Cracker Island’s got the entry codes…”
 
Frontman 2D offers: ” The path to Cracker Island isn't easy to find ‘cos it's underwater.”
 
And bassist Murdoc Niccals adds: “The hallowed tones of Cracker Island will soundtrack our collective ascension into the new dimension! JOIN ME!”

Listen to New Gold below:

Cracker Island tracklist:

Cracker Island ft. Thundercat
Oil ft. Stevie Nicks
The Tired Influencer
Tarantula
Silent Running ft. Adeleye Omotayo
New Gold ft. Tame Impala & Bootie Brown
Baby Queen
Tormenta ft. Bad Bunny
Skinny Ape
Possession Island ft. Beck

Gorillaz Cracker Island album artwork

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Liz works on keeping the Louder sites up to date with the latest news from the world of rock and metal. Prior to joining Louder as a full time staff writer, she completed a Diploma with the National Council for the Training of Journalists and received a First Class Honours Degree in Popular Music Journalism. She enjoys writing about anything from neo-glam rock to stoner, doom and progressive metal, and loves celebrating women in music. '10 bands that rip off Black Sabbath but get away with it' is her favourite article she's written with Louder so far. When not writing, Liz enjoys various creative endeavours such as graphic design, as well as reading about rock’n’roll history, art and magic.