|The Magic Whip|
Blur — The Magic Whip
Formed: 1989 in Colchester, England
Location: London, UK
Album release: 27th April, 2015
Recorded: May 2013, November 2014 – January 2015
Studio: Avon Studios, Hong Kong
Record Label: Parlophone
01. Lonesome Street 4:24
02. New World Towers 4:04
03. Go Out 4:41
04. Ice Cream Man 3:23
05. Thought I Was A Spaceman 6:16
06. I Broadcast 2:52
07. My Terracotta Heart 4:05
08. There Are Too Many Of Us 4:26
09. Ghost Ship 4:59
10. Pyongyang 5:47
11. Ong Ong 3:09
12. Mirrorball 3:40
℗ 2015 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Blur (2015), under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company
Producer: Stephen Street
• Damon Albarn — vocals, keyboards, synthesizers, acoustic guitar
• Graham Coxon — electric guitar, backing vocals, co–lead vocals on "Lonesome Street" and "Thought I Was A Spaceman"
• Alex James — bass guitar, "choir" vocals
• Dave Rowntree — drums, drum machine, percussion, "choir" vocals
• Demon Strings — orchestration
• Stephen Street — production
iTunes Editors' Notes
• After a 12–year break between studio albums, Blur remain as intrepid and inventive as they’ve ever been. The Magic Whip finds the Britpop icons reuniting with a collection that's both wonderfully familiar and endlessly surprising. “Lonesome Street” kicks off with the ecstatic crunch of guitar and then takes on new colours and textures, with psychedelic synth flourishes and kooky harmonies. While the gleefully distorted “I Broadcast” buzzes and roars, the melancholy sway of “New World Towers” and serpentine soul of “My Terracotta Heart” leave a haunting afterglow.
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• It's 16 years since their last album as a four–piece and 23th April sees the release of a brand new album from blur on Parlophone, titled The Magic Whip. The recordings, which began during a five–day break in touring in Spring 2013 — at Avon Studios in Kowloon, Hong Kong — were put aside when the group finished touring and returned to their respective lives. Last November Graham Coxon revisited the tracks and, drafting in blur's early producer Stephen Street, he worked with the band on the material. Albarn then added lyrics and the 12 tracks of The Magic Whip are the result.
• Art director Tony Hung, who also created the lyric video for Go Out, the first track to be released from the album, met with frontman Damon Albarn in early 2015 to discuss the album artwork and was shown photos and ephemera from the singer's travels in Hong Kong. Albarn also explained how the album came into being and his thoughts around it. "The album title The Magic Whip he explained was multifaceted," says Hung. "An ice cream in the UK, a firework in China and a 'whip' in a political sense. These extremes would reflect the different textures, breadth and depth of the album." Hung says that the band wanted a cover that touched on those themes and that also had a "rawer feel" to give a sense of how the record came together in Hong Kong (the band recorded quickly, in a small studio in the city).
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