Gorillaz Break Six Year Hiatus With New Song "Hallelujah Money"
Virtual band Gorillaz are finally bringing a drawn out hiatus to a close with the release of their first song in six years. Titled "Hallelujah Money," the new single features a haunting performance from English vocalist Benjamin Clementine that touches on current political tensions.
"Hallelujah Money" plays like a twisted gospel tune, led by Clementine's soulful baritone. The production is minimalistic, featuring the persistent pluck of a synthesizer layered against a loping mid-tempo beat and a choir of heavenly voices. The experimental nature of the music is complemented by a spoken word breakdown at the halfway point with a deadpan delivery from Damon Albarn.
The video for the new song utilizes a simple concept, featuring the song's vocal collaborator singing in front of a series of bizarre images, lending a psychedelic vibe to the music. The clip comes to a conclusion with a brief cameo from none other than Spongebob Squarepants.
Released on the eve of Donald Trump's inauguration, "Hallelujah Money" arrives as a politically charged outing that contemplates the dread felt by many over the incoming administration.
Gorillaz are expected to release a new album as the follow up to 2011's The Fall sometime this year.
Watch the new video for "Hallelujah Money" below.
H/T: Rolling Stone
Connor Jones is a writer and music fan based in Portland, Oregon.