Blur Announces “The Magic Whip”

Fans of Britpop pioneers Blur had reason to celebrate this week, as the group announced details of their first album in 12 years, entitled “The Magic Whip.” Describing the follow-up to 2003’s “Think Tank” as a return to “the way we recorded when we started,” Damon Albarn said that the album was similar in style to the music David Bowie made during his mid 70’s Berlin period. Initially conceived in Hong Kong, during downtime following a cancelled show in Japan, the band spent five days laying down ideas. It wasn’t until Graham Coxon reprised these sessions and presented them to long-time producer Stephen Street, who went on to develop them with the guitarist, that they realised they might have material worthy of a new album.

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