Damon Albarn describes in “Everyday Robots”, the magnificent title track of his solo album, the exhausted and burned people in the fast-moving digital world. Too many mails, flashing screens and apps that want something from one:
“Constantly Although a subtle but obvious deconstruction of our senses is but instead And there’s this line in ‘Everyday Robots’, where I sing. touch the everyday robots that money only on their screens, they do not feel in the hand. We lose yourself We all dance to the tune derTechnologie. “
And this enslavement Damon Albarn tried to escape by deliberately on a smartphone. And he relies on “Everyday Robots” on decelerated beats and nostalgic melancholy looks back on his childhood and youth days in Hollow Ponds.
From London to the countryside to Essex
Damon Albarn was really again in the Fillebrook Road in the east London district of Leytonstone, by the mid-70s, the first hint of a multi-ethnic Britain was blowing and where small Damon got to know foreign cultures and worlds in 1976 in an extremely hot summer. Later he had to leave this paradise, when the family moved to the country Albarn to Colchester in Essex.
” I went back to my childhood, within a week I was in Leytonstone and Colchester,’ve photographed and filmed short videos., I am the roads up and . down strolled Half of our road is gone, but our house is still standing, looks even look like back then -. using the blue door I’m in front of the house photographed, suddenly opened the mailbox from the inside, and small hands came to fore and two open children’s eyes looked at me. That was a magical moment. “
So far I had always thought Damon Albarn had all gone well, the artistic career was mapped out: The father of hip art teacher with a past as a manager of the Swinging London band Soft Machine, and the mother , the cool manager of this liberal creative family.
Who stands with Afrobeat legend and punk icons in the studio and on the stage and as the most widely active mind and savior of British pop culture applies, which must be yet at peace with itself. He confesses: In “Everyday Robots” he has worked up a childhood trauma. As a 9-year-old he had been a few months in Turkey alone go. On his return he found that his mother had left the bustling Leytonstone in East London and was pulled into the stuffy Colchester to the country. Damon Albarn felt there as a total outsider, who felt the need to express themselves. Fortunately, this desire
Including children’s song about a baby elephant
is never quite satisfied with his music and he has to go on. With so much navel-gazing does, “Mr Tembo” the song about a baby elephant, really good. Here Damon Albarn looks completely dissolved, his voice seems liberated.
” Some people are so naturally gifted and have a very early stage a soulful voice. I work there step by step, I enjoy singing it. I find the older I get, the more interesting my voice sounds. “
” Everyday Robots “is certainly the most personal album of the Blur frontman. And it really makes you look into its core.
But to go as the introspective soul man Damon Albarn the end of his solo album, the air threatens Brian Eno is emerging as a guardian angel and points to the future. The anthem “Heavy Seas of Love” could well open the next chapter blur.