[pullquote quote="It was an amazing meeting of minds with Tony and Flea and most of these tracks were one-take wonders. We bounced all over the place. "]It’s a busy year for Damon Albarn, the multi-facted British musician most famous for his work with britpop band Blur and experimental multi-genre group Gorillaz.
Not only will Blur be headlining Hyde Park in London for the closing ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics, but Albarn is one of the creative forces behind two albums of 2012.
On March 26, Albarn released an afro-funk psych-soul album called Rocket Juice & The Moon with the supergroup of the same name which includes Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers and on May 7th Albarn is releasing Dr Dee.
Albarn dubbed Dr Dee a “strange pastoral folk” album recorded with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and inspired by John Dee–a mathematician and adviser to Queen Elizabeth the first. The first song, “The Marvelous Dream,” was released today.
[pullquote quote="Damon's an amazing musician, and his storytelling ability on a song like Poison seems to be in his blood. And Tony, man, he's just a treasure. " credit="Flea"]Along with master drummer, Tony Allen, Albarn utilizes Rocket Juice & The Moon as a creative outlet where he gets to have a “whale of a time” in the background, playing messing around on silly keyboards.”
“It was an amazing meeting of minds with Tony and Flea,” said Albarn, “and most of these tracks were one-take wonders. We bounced all over the place.”
Flea gave his own opinions on the title “supergroup.”
[pullquote quote="I love to just jam; my life mission is to play music in the moment."]“Supergroup sounds pretty silly,” said Flea to Metro. “Damon and Tony are two musicians I admired plenty before I worked with them. Damon’s an amazing musician, and his storytelling ability on a song like Poison seems to be in his blood.”
“And Tony, man, he’s just a treasure. He’ll lay down this funky wicked groove and I just want to get into the middle of it. It’s like being freezing, then immersing yourself into a hot bath.”
“The Rocket Juice album was made with no preconceived plan,” continued Flea. “The playing never felt like a means to an end.”
“We totally improvised over a few meetings, left it wild so it feels cosmic and loose. I love to just jam; my life mission is to play music in the moment.”