According to a comic book artist Jamie Hewlett, who collaborated with Gorillaz, the long-awaited fifth album will be released next year.
The record, which has no name, is planned to release later this year, but Hewlett said that it will not appear till next year.
The information from the artist was posted on a fan page of the band in Instagram. Hewlett said that “there is no need to hurry this very special album”.
WE GOT JAMIE NEWS! This here is HIM and our friend Linda. JAMIE says new GORILLAZ is special, really fuckin special. Can't be rushed. 2017, yo. Fuck. So, guys, that Gorilla Fund, we got time. Go shop, take vacation, that shit aint happening this year. BUT its gonna be all that and more. And….Jamie follows us. So….you got something to say to him and don't wanna get yelled at on his IG by his very serious followers, say it here! HE IS HERE. Watching, reading and digging it. He loves this account and appreciates our repping. #JamieHewlett #JamieSaid #ThoseWords #FuckinAye #Gorillaz #Gorillaz2017 #ThisIsNotOurFace #WeTookThePic #HalfOfUsWasThere #OtherHalfInMontreal #Explanations #DidWeMention #JamieWasMadCool #Animated #Friendly #GangstaToo #HisShow #HisArt #SoCool #Go #IfYouCan
Speaking about the new album back in 2015, Damon Albarn said:
“I’m starting recording in September for a new Gorillaz record. I’ve just been really, really busy so I haven’t had a chance. I’d love to just get back in to that routine of being at home and coming to the studio five days a week.”
The project artist Jamie Hewlett, in turn, is working on a full length visual component. According to him, the appearance of the band members will undergo some changes, but still did not specify what kind of:
“They will be different, but I can not say what I’m going to do. But, of course, I will create something new, I can not repeat what has already been produced, I’m not interested. Damon is changing his music and goes on as well as what I am doing with my creativity”.