After 20 outlandish years, what we’ve come to expect from Gorillaz is that we should leave all expectations decisively at the door. And that’s certainly good advice for diving headlong into Episode 2, Season 1 of their new Song Machine film series, which sees them inviting Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara along for what seems like a pretty fabulous trip to Italy’s Lake Como.
The multiple Grammy nominee provides silky vocals for the dreamily pensive new single “Désolé” (French for “sorry”), which is the soundtrack to their speedy but laid back boat ride across il Lago. Damon Albarn does the driving—which makes for all manner of existential confusion—while Diawara radiates utterly infectious joy throughout.
“Making Désolé with Fatou was a real moment for me,” enthuses Gorillaz drummer Russel, who is seen drumming away on a small dock above he lake. “She’s an African Queen. This lady made the song what it is, beautiful, like life. What can I say about ‘Désolé?’ They say sorry is the hardest word, but that’s not true. Try saying antidisestablishmentarianism with a mouth full of gluten free cronuts on a speedboat without licking your lips.”
Safe to say, we’ll just take his word for it.