As 2020 – the first year of COVID – drew to a close, we reported that Gorillaz flew decisively in the face of such great tragedy by having a more creative and productive year than any musical entity really had the right. . Everyone’s favorite animation band was a little quieter this year, probably due to Damon Albarn recording and then releasing his second solo album, The closer the fountain, the purer the flow, November 12. If you missed it, do yourself a favor and check out the title track and “Royal Morning Blue.”
But Gorillaz reappeared in August, notably to pay a musical tribute to London’s legendary Notting Hill Carnival, which was canceled for the second year in a row but then continued in a reduced form. And with another virus-ridden year reaching its emotionally draining conclusion, we can only say that if you really need something to look forward to in 2022, then treat yourself to a truly unmistakable pre-holiday gift. -ordering the new art book called , well…The Gorillaz Art Book.
In partnership with New York’s Z2 Comics, it’s the result of the band and Jamie Hewlett’s specific selection of over 40 guest creators to deliver their own visual take on Gorillaz’s existential significance. The artists chosen were those who generally worked at the more provocative end of the creative spectrum, including Chloe Nicolay, Daniela Uhlig, Holly Warburton, Zeen Chin, Ruffmercy and, of course, Hewlett himself. But there are also a few special guests, rapper Del the Funky Homosapien, French fashion photographer Jean-Baptiste Mondino, rocker actor and comedian Jack Black, and even Robert Smith of The Cure have all made their unique contribution to this truly monumental project.
“We are thrilled to help bring together so many intoxicating interpretations of the Gorillaz into one tome,” enthused Joshua Frankel, publisher of Z2 Comics. “The Gorillaz Art Book embraces the vibrant collaboration that Jamie and Damon introduced over two decades ago and extends it to an incredible community of transgressive artists. The results speak for themselves.”
Alas, the high-quality 288-page book won’t be available until this spring. But just think how much easier it will be to survive the cold winter, knowing that Gorillaz will soon show up in your mailbox.