Gorillaz are back! After months of speculation and teasers, the band have released ‘Hallelujah Money’, the first single from their forthcoming album – due sometime this year – and their first new song in six years. Mercury Prize winner Benjamin Clementine takes vocal duties on this surprisingly dark slow burner. Politically charged to its core, the video sees Clementine sing from inside Trump Towers itself, while a sensory overload of symbolic imagery flashes behind him.
Lyrically, the song is strikingly topical with references to walls and the corrupting power of money both clearly pointing a finger at America’s soon-to-be President. The song came in the nick of time, too, with Trump’s inauguration only a day away. By way of announcement for the new single, the band’s twitter page send out a rather cryptic tweet “Dark times – u need someone to look up to. Me. Here’s a lightning bolt of truth in a black night. Now piss on! New stuff won’t write itself.”
Although it has been confirmed that Hallelujah Money will be on the upcoming Gorillaz record, no other details have been confirmed at this point.
Dark times – u need someone to look up to. Me. Here's a lightning bolt of truth in a black night. Now piss on! New stuff won't write itself. https://t.co/tOqYnXqrU2
— gorillaz (@gorillaz) January 19, 2017