Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Damon Albarn's Monkey Journey To The West

Yes, at times it can seem like Damon Albarn takes this a bit too far. Whether it be an limited vinyl release of demos, or a Gorillaz autobiography, some of his offerings can be questionable at best. That being said, this latest one has us pretty excited. Albarn has created an album of instrumental and vocal tracks based in traditional Chinese music. It was originally conceived as an opera, and is now being released as an album. If this seems like a shot out of left field, you should check out Albarn's 2002 record Mali Music, where he collaborated with a bunch of Malian musicians. The disc is fantastic, and if it's any sort of an indicator, Monkey Journey To The West will be something to look forward to.

Stream: Monkey Journey To The West