Blur Release Brand New Track “St. Charles Square”
With just over a week to go until Blur take the stage for two unmissable shows at Wembley Stadium, the band today dropped “St. Charles Square”, the latest track to be released from their highly-anticipated brand new album The Ballad of Darren, out July 21st on Parlophone.
Blur will release their first album in 8 years, titled The Ballad of Darren and comprising 10 new tracks. Produced by James Ford and recorded at Studio 13, London and Devon, The Ballad of Darren is the band’s ninth studio album, their first since the chart-topping The Magic Whip in 2015, with artwork featuring an image by British photographer Martin Parr.
The opening line of “St. Charles Square” is already firmly established as a crowd favourite, with audiences enthusiastically roaring along with Damon Albarn as the band blaze their new songs across Europe this summer. The song’s chorus recalls the discordant art-pop swagger of earlier work and sees Albarn queasily exclaim “cause there’s something down here, and it’s living under the floorboards” encircled by backing vocals that compound the sense of encroaching peril and a quintessentially marauding guitar turn from Graham Coxon.
Damon Albarn said of the track – “St. Charles Square is a place where the ghosts of monsters can be found.”
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