Jamie Hewlett, the man in charge of the look and feel of all things Gorillaz, has confirmed their next album is in production, according to an interview with DIY Magazine and corroborated by multiple sources.
“That’s next year. I’m working on it at the moment, and it’s going very well. I’m very excited. I don’t want to say too much about it, but I’m at that phase of experimentation,” Hewlett told DIY. “What I try not to do when I’m working in this creative period, the cooking of the mess, is go to other peoples’ exhibitions and look at other peoples’ work. I close my eyes, and don’t want to know what anyone else is doing,” adding, “Doing that has kind of ruined the creative process for me in the past, and I don’t want to let that happen again.”
This comes on the back of last week’s false-flag of an LCD Soundsystem reunion, so we’re still slightly wary of our favorite bands playing with our hearts when it comes to new material — but real-life frontman Damon Albarn did confirm in July that Gorillaz would start producing this new full-length in September. This quip from Hewlett looks like an official stamp that we’re likely to see the album before another year goes by, which we’re as ecstatic as anyone about.
To keep yourself satiated in the meanwhile, check out Hewlett’s teaser imagery of the forthcoming project on his Instagram, featuring distinct new visual directions for each of the characters.
Image: Jamie Hewlett Instagram