Back in April, animated music legends Gorillaz
their highly anticipated fifth studio album and first in seven long years. The band must've known they had a lot of music to make up for, because the final cut of the album contained a whopping 26 tracks and clocked in at over an hour. Not only that, but the band's true mastermind, Damon Albarn, told Zane Lowe
that he had at least 40 tracks that didn't make the record, saying, "I'm just sort of slowly going through all tunes that sort of didn't work out and finishing them."
Well, it seems that Albarn – Or, depending on your dedication to the lore, 2-D – finished one of those songs, as the band just dropped a brand-new song and video titled "Sleeping Powder." The lo-fi video starts with a clip from the "This Is Your Brain On Drugs" ad, featuring the infamous fried egg, before cutting to a 3-D animated 2-D (wait...) twitchily playing piano. The mellow harpsichord intro is somewhat reminiscent of Albarn's early Britpop days in Blur, but then the song kicks into a funky, fuzzed-out beat that'll definitely get the crowd dancing if/when the band plays it live. Albarn/2-D deliver a characteristically nonchalant vocal delivery as the background randomly flashes with trippy home-video style imagery, making for an unsettling-yet-enjoyable experience Gorillaz are so good at delivering. This track honestly would've been one of the better tracks off Humanz
if it made the record, so if this is the first thing from the cutting room floor, fans should expect a lot more good music to come. Check out the "Sleeping Powder" video above.