Blur will return on April 27th with The Magic Whip, the band’s first new album in 12 years. The Magic Whip marks the band’s eighth album to date and first since 2002’s Think Tank.
Additionally, Blur will reunite for a performance at London’s Hyde Park on June 20th as part of the British Summer Time festival.
The news is especially surviving given Damon Albarn’s recent proclamation that he was “in the process of reactivating” Gorillaz for a new studio album in 2016.
As recently as July 2014, Albarn downplayed the prospects of a new Blur album, explaining that a recording session in Hong Kong ended prematurely due to the weather. “Sometimes, if you can’t do it all at once, it dissipates really and I don’t know what I’d sing about now with that record,” Albarn explained. “There’s some great tunes on there, but it may just be one of those records that never comes out.”