Earlier this year, Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon premiered the first new Blur song since Record Store Day 2010 at a War Child benefit in London—a plaintive, piano-driven number called "Under the Westway" which fans at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire buzzed about—"It’s a new one!" Today, the band released "Westway" and another new one, "The Puritan," in all their clean studio glory and with handy lyrics videos so you can memorize them in time to sing along and wave your lighters at home while watching the band at the London Olympics closing ceremony. The "Westway" video even has sheet music! (And very Olympics-closing-ceremony-astute lyrics, we might add: "When the Flags coming down/and the last post sounds/just like a love song…"). "The Puritan," with its neon-sign-flashing lyrics video, is the more danceable of the two, heavy on the synths and buzzy noises and complete with a "la la la" refrain.
Have a listen to both below. Goodnight, everybody!
We suppose the appropriate response would be "Woo Hoo." Over the weekend, Blur’s Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon took to the stage at a benefit concert in London and played three songs, including a new track, "Under the Westway," their first new material made available to listeners since their 2010 Record Store Day single. (A spoken word collaboration with poet Michael Horovitz recorded in response to the Notting Hill Carnival cancellation was never released.)
Fans at the War Child benefit at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire were treated to the soft, piano-driven track, which Albarn described has having "a lot of words—for me anyway—but not as many as Ed Sheeran has," a nod to the singer-songwriter topping the bill that night.
Earlier this month, Graham Coxon told the Daily Recordthe band would be going back into the studio to record a new album. Tonight, they will accept the "Outstanding Contribution to Music" award at the BRITs. Maybe a tour isn’t far behind? Please?
Watch a video of the performance here. You can hear the buzz of fans: "It’s a new one!"
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