Damon Albarn, has shared his latest single “The Tower Of Montevideo.” The track Inspired by Palacio Salvo, an iconic 1920s building in Uruguay, it explores Albarn’s melancholic wonder at this part of South America, where Rio De La Plata meets the South Atlantic, a place he has described as both “familiar and utterly otherworldly.” To accompany the song’s release, a new special, cinematic performance film from a series entitled ‘Sublime Boulevards Performance Films’ is available today.
“The Tower Of Montevideo.” is off Albarn’s forthcoming release The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows out 12th November 2021 on Transgressive Records. Originally intended as an orchestral piece inspired by the landscapes of Iceland, 2020 saw Albarn return to the music in lockdown and develop the work to 11 tracks which further explore themes of fragility, loss, emergence and rebirth. The result is a panoramic collection of songs with Albarn as storyteller. The album title is taken from a John Clare poem Love and Memory.
The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows is
The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows
Royal Morning Blue
Darkness To Light
The Tower Of Montevideo
Giraffe Trumpet Sea
Alongside a digital release, there will be limited edition vinyl formats, plus CD and cassette, with the CD edition including ‘Huldufólk’ a 20-minute “hidden” track of a new and original recording that inspired some of the record’s themes. There will also be a super deluxe version of the album, taking the form of a casebound book with additional photography, original scanned lyrics and artwork from Damon, alongside a white vinyl version of the album, a high quality digital file and a bonus 7” featuring an exclusive song from the recording sessions.
2022 Tour Dates
21 & 22 February – London (Barbican)
23 & 24 February – Dublin (National Concert Hall)
26 February – Luxembourg (Philharmonie)
28 February – Brussels (Bozar)
1 March – Brussels (Bozar)
2 March – Eindhoven (Muziekgebouw)
4 & 5 March – Paris (Philharmonie)
6 March – Lyon (Auditorium)
7 March – Hamburg (ElbPhilharmonie)
9 March – Copenhagen (KB Hallen)
11 March – Reykjavik (Harpa)
Tickets and information here.
Pre-order the album here