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Gorillaz Are Working on a New Album for Next Year

In a recent interview with DIY, Gorillaz co-founder Jamie Hewlett revealed that the process is going "very well."

by Alexander Iadarola
Oct 12 2015, 7:06pm

Back in January, artist and Gorillaz co-founder Jamie Hewlett—who is responsible for the virtual group's iconic visuals—posted some new portraits of the band to Instagram. Prompted by a question from a commenter, Hewlett confirmed what many were hoping for when he replied, "Yes Gorillaz Returns." It's been over half a year since that initial talk of a follow-up to 2011's The Fall, but we've finally received a more concrete update that new material is due in 2016.

In a new interview with DIY, Hewlett was asked about what's next for the band. He responded, "That's next year. I'm working on it at the moment, and it's going very well."

"I'm very excited. I don't want to say too much about it, but I'm at that phase of experimentation," he continued. "What I try not to do when I'm working in this creative period, the cooking of the mess, is go to other peoples' exhibitions and look at other peoples' work. I close my eyes, and don't want to know what anyone else is doing. Doing that has kind of ruined the creative process for me in the past, and I don't want to let that happen again."

The artist has an new exhibition opening at London's Saatchi Gallery called "The Suggestionists" on November 18 which will run until December 2. You can learn more about it on his website.

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