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George Ward
George Ward

Freelance journalist based in Bristol. Can be found at the Grain Barge, Rough Trade or in his tiny basement bedroom writing for CLUNK.

After a long wait, Blur return with the announcement of their new album, ‘The Ballad Of Darren’, alongside their upcoming shows

Blur, legends of the brit-pop scene and fronted by Britain’s busiest frontman Damon Albarn, are finally back. With a run of shows now almost sold out, the band have just finished the recording of their brand new record, the first since 2015’s ‘The Magic Whip’. 

‘The Ballad Of Darren’, out on 21st July via Parlophone Records, promises to be an “aftershock record” and one that is a “reflection and comment on where (Blur) find themselves now”, according to Albarn himself. 

As exciting as Albarn’s other projects have been, including his own solo career and the collaborative and experimental Gorillaz, there is a refreshing simplicity to hearing him play in Blur once again. 

The first single, ‘The Narcissist’ is a good example of this. The track is a simple but charming one with a nostalgic and classic feel that should keep older Blur fans very happy. The build up is subtle but satisfying.

The announcement comes just before the band head out on tour, playing a series of sold-out shows at smaller venues before two huge shows at Wembley Stadium.

‘The Ballad Of Darren’ is out on 21st July via Parlophone. 

Listen to ‘The Narcissist’ here: