The new Blur album was released; Parlophone – which has a particular history – published it. They started recording their eighth album in Hong Kong, during a 5-days break during the spring tour in 2013. It started getting into shape in the Avon Studios in Kowloon. The members of the band had been playing together in the studio for five days before getting back to the tour. Once the tour was over, they all got back to their lives. In November, Graham Coxon took the recording in his hands and got in touch with the producer of their first albums, Stephen Street (Leisure, Modern Life Is Rubbish, Parklife, The Great Escape, Blur). Damon Albarn added lyrics and the result is a 12-tracks album: “The Magic Whip”. The album is available in digital download, CD and 2LP.
The first single is “Go Out” and is already available along with the music video too. “I think Magic Whip can be considered a real Blur album thanks to Graham Coxon’s work,” said Damon in an interview. The guitarist (Coxon) did not take part in the recording of Think Thank (he recorded just one track) in 2003, and he revealed, “I think this is an attempt to make amends, there was good music in that work and it was my duty to face that”.
Every member of the group has his life and occupation: Dave Rowntree is a lawyer and Alex James lives in a farm in Oxfordshire where he writes for a column of the Telegraph and organizes the annual festival of music and food “The Big Festival” with Jamie Oliver. Graham released eight albums as a solo artist and critics really appreciated him. In 2014, Damon Albarn released his first solo album “Everyday Robots”. After 13 years since the release of ‘Think Thank’ (when Coxon had left the band), and 16 years since their last album as a quartet (‘13’ in 1999), the band is showing a precise identity to the audience. “The Magic Whip” is a mix of everything the band played and sang for years, from lazy and slacker melodies to sharp guitars, there are new shades thanks to the influence of the solo carrier of Albarn.
Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa