This is one of the very most delicious cases of “I Told You So” that I’ve ever had the privilege to deliver: We’re going to wake up on Christmas morning this year with a brand new free Gorillaz album waiting for us.
It’s time for Santa to check himself, because this year’s gift-giving just got serious. Gorillaz nucleus Damon Albarn previously announced that he’d recorded a new Gorillaz album on his iPad, something of a love letter to America as a result of his extensive downtime traveling across the states on the Plastic Beach Tour (which kicked serious ass, by the way). With the unveiling of a Gorillaz advent calendar, we began to rightfully speculate that the big Dec. 25th spot would be a free album by Albarn & Co, and confirmation has just arrived via Gorillaz collaborator Jamie Hewlett.
In a spoiler-alert interview with Perth Now, Hewlitt announced that The Fall will indeed drop on Christmas Day. For free. “At the moment we’ve got an advent calendar on our website and there is a daily door that opens to reveal a gift,” Hewlett explained. “On Christmas Eve a video for one of the new songs from the iPad album will be released. Then, on Christmas Day fans get the whole album downloaded to their computer for free as a gift.”
A few more words from Albarn on what we can expect: “I wanted to make sure that it came out at the end of the tour because I don’t want anyone to think I’d tampered with it. I literally made it on the road in America over a month. I didn’t write it before, I didn’t prepare it. I just did it day by day as a kind of diary of my experience in America.”