played two new songs on a London rooftop and broadcasted their performance via Twitter
. Well now that the performances of the songs, "Under the Westway" and "The Puritan" are over, you can't watch them anymore. But you can
hear the songs in these accompanying lyric videos that Blur has provided us with.
The first song, "Under the Westway," is a piano-laced ballad that goes from industrial-hating to love-professing in a pretty admirable way. Damon Albarn's lead vocals and piano parts are accompanied by background "oohs" and "aahs," giving the song both full and ethereal qualities. Albarn also again proves his production prowess, as the song really takes off during and after the breakdown.
"The Puritan" shows a much different side of Blur. Kicking off with lo-fi synths and an acoustic guitar, "The Puritan" is an strangely infectious song. The chorus is especially great, with Albarn only singing "Yeah" and the music getting a kick in the pants with increased volume and decked-out distortion. The "la la la" segment that carries the second half of the song really shows that the band that produced "Song 2" hasn't lost their hard-rocking ability.
Check out both lyric videos below, "Under the Westway" and "The Puritan" are now also available on iTunes