Blur to release new album The Magic Whip in April and confirm Hyde Park show
Blur have announced that they will be releasing a brand new album titled The Magic Whip this April.
The album is the band's first since 2003's Think Tank and their first as a four-piece with Graham Coxon since 1999's 13. It will be released on April 27th and has been produced by Stephen Street.
The first track to be taken from the album is 'Go Out' and you can hear it below.
Sessions began on the record over five days in Hong Kong in 2013 and were then fully realised in the following months. You can see the artwork below:
Speaking about how recording in Hong Kong influenced the album, frontman Damon Albarn said: "It reminds me of David Bowie's Berlin period, in that you can hear the city in the music. There's nothing pastoral about it, it's very much an urban record. It's not a technically tricky record, what you hear what we played. There's no autotune."
The tracklisting for The Magic Whip is as follows:
'New World Towers'
'Ice Cream Man'
'Thought I Was A Spaceman'
'My Terracotta Heart'
'There Are Too Many Of Us'
The band have also confirmed that they will be headlining London's Hyde Park on June 20th as part of the summer's British Summer Time Festival. Tickets for the event will go onsale next Friday (February 27th). You can find more details here.