Welcome back, Offbeaters!
This Tuesday The Offbeat is feeling ready for some catchy-yet-bizarre music. If you’re in search of the same thing, then we have the perfect recommendation for you. Last week the alternative band Gorillaz released four songs from their upcoming album Humanz. The lyrics focus on various topics, including racism and space, but the real offbeat part of the songs is their accompanying videos on YouTube.
If you’ve never heard of Gorillaz before, they’re actually an animated band consisting of four members: lead singer 2D, bassist Murdoc Niccals, drummer Russel Hobbs, and guitarist Noodle. The band’s music videos explore their lives and follow a storyline starting with their very first album, the self-titled Gorillaz, from 1998.
Caption: from left to right, Murdoc, Russel, 2D, and Noodle in front.
In actuality, the band is run by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett. Albarn creates the music and contributes 2D’s singing voice while Hewlett focuses on the animation and art style of the band.
Last week’s release included a 360 video to the new song “Saturnz Barz.” Aside from the stunning blend of animation styles, the video continues the story of Gorillaz from where it left off before a five year hiatus. The band members are checking out a house in Michigan–that’s us!–and are sent on a mind-numbing journey when they find that the house is haunted.
Caption: The band enter the spirit house in “Saturnz Barz”
The other three videos, “Ascension,” “We’ve Got the Power,” and “Andromeda” feature less story, instead focusing on more animation to complement the songs.
Caption: a still from the video for “Andromeda”
For Gorillaz fans the new videos are an exciting prelude to the new album, but this is also a great opportunity to check out the band if you’ve missed their previous work. You can follow their story through music videos on the band’s YouTube page or catch up with the band members through Instagram.
The rest of Humanz will drop on April 28th, so get your stereos ready, let the music take you, and stay weird.