I Took Acid And Watched The Gorillaz’ New Music, Here’s 4 Things I Learned
It all started in the massive basement of a San Fransisco incubator, not far from where the Grateful Dead introduced acid to the scene in the 60’s.
The house, matched only in size by its off-the-walls interior decorating (the lights breathe of refracted color and all the walls are available to draw on), is a foreboding site upon first inspection, only to warm up as you realize the immense potential held within the walls.
As the lysergic acid diethylamide began to take hold, I hit play on what I knew was an experience solely created for the moment we were having in that basement – our 4-person expedition mirrored in each of the 4 band members. And as the creatures of the 4th dimension began to take shape and blast it’s way through a naked Murdoc into a cosmic cereal bowl, I began to wonder if I wasn’t beginning to lose my mind.
Or maybe I was expanding it.
As each new track takes you through the scenes of “Saturnz Barz”, the world of the Gorillaz slowly begins to take shape – a darkly comedic story unfolds that seems to mirror our own inner journeys. At least that’s what I thought while on LSD.
Among an infinite number of other things, here’s what I took away:
1. The Gorillaz’ creators are fucking genius.
Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett haven’t missed a beat in the six years since their last release. Also, the art direction is so on point.
2. If this is your first time taking acid,
it may not be a good idea to watch a video about a spirit infested, cosmic brain shattering old house before taking said acid in said actual house. Or it might be a great idea.
3. Even the smallest choices, from where you decide to sit during your trip, matter.
BIG TIME. (Think of the Butterfly Effect. On Acid.)
4. Everything will be alright
– and you’ll probably be hungry by the end of it.
Gorillaz Reveal ‘Humanz’ – Their First Album in Six Years, Debut New Material
Humanz ALBUM ARTWORK:
Humanz TRACK LIST:
01 Ascension feat. Vince Staples
02 Strobelite feat. Peven Everett
03 Saturnz Barz feat. Popcaan
04 Momentz feat. De La Soul
05 Submission feat. Danny Brown and Kelela
06 Charger feat. Grace Jones
07 Andromeda feat. D.R.A.M.
08 Busted and Blue
09 Carnival feat. Anthony Hamilton
10 Let Me Out feat. Mavis Staples and Pusha T
11 Sex Murder Party feat. Jamie Principle and Zebra Katz
12 She’s My Collar feat. Kali Uchis
13 Hallelujah Money feat. Benjamin Clementine
14 We Got The Power feat. Jehnny Beth
DELUXE EDITION BONUS TRACKS:
15 The Apprentice feat. Rag’n’ Bone Man, Zebra Katz, and RAY BLK
16 Halfway To The Halfway House feat. Peven Everett
17 Out Of Body feat. Kilo Kish, Zebra Katz, and Imani Vonshà
18 Ticker Tape feat. Carly Simon and Kali Uchis
19 Circle Of Friendz feat. Brandon Markell Holmes
As of the time of this writing, the Gorillaz’ VR debut has received more than 3M views in its first 48hrs, which makes it the single biggest 2-day debut for a VR music video in the history of YouTube. Given we are just scratching the surface of VR/360 content, I imagine this record will be shattered a few times before we settle on a final winner.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the results of Gorillaz’ “Saturnz Barz” collaboration with the team at YouTube/Google Spotlight Stories. It’s truly historic to see technology reach the point where it can allow us all to realize the innovative vision that Damon and Jamie have had going back to the day they conceived Gorillaz—and it’s amazing to see that millions of Gorillaz fans are actually entering that world like never before. We are so grateful to the team at YouTube/Google Spotlight Stories for making that possible,” said Niamh Byrne, Eleven Management.