After what seems like years of teasing, Gorillaz have finally unveiled new material with an Anti-Donald Trump song ‘Hallelujah Money’ featuring 2015 Mercury Prize winner, Benjamin Clementine.
It’s cited as “a song which explores themes of power, big business and humanity”.
“That’s why I’m giving you this new Gorillaz song, a lightning bolt of truth in a black night. You’re welcome. Now piss on! The new album’s not gonna write itself.” – Murdoc.
The video features Clementine performing various scenes of Americana and horror imagery, as well as silhouettes of Gorillaz themselves and a brief cameo from Spongebob Squarepants. In comparison, this horror is merely the beginning as Donald Trump is sworn in to his Presidential reign tomorrow.
At no point does the song hold back with big, corporate, greedy people having it handed to them.
Scare crows from the Far a-East
Come to eat its tender fruits
I have thought that the
Best way to protect our tree
Is by building walls
Walls like unicorns in full glory and galore
Even stronger than the walls of Jericho
Be glad then my friend
That in a few
We shall reap abundantly
What we’d always dreamt of havin
Enough of the starvin
It is love
That is the root of all evil
Not our tree
And thank you my friend
For trusting me
The timing of their return is absolutely brilliant. Big kudos for keeping things secret until now. This song is going to have a huge impact as we transcend in to this period in history of doubt, fear and potential disastrous outcomes. It feels like a long 6 years without new music from Gorillaz but it looks like 2017 is going to be their year with signs that there will be no holding back with the meaning and inspiration for their songs. Welcome back Gorillaz. Our favourite animated band bar none.
Words by Robert Smith(@robertmsmith)