You’re not ready to leave the holiday season behind just yet, are you? Us either. So here’s a reminder to pick yourself up one more crucial gift: the Gorillaz freely available new road album, The Fall, which the band posted on its website this weekend (streaming is free, membership is required for download). Recorded on an iPad — using more than a dozen apps, among them Mugician and iElectribe — it sounds better than many albums produced in expensive recording studios (sorry, Lil Wayne’s Rebirth). Listen to new jam “Revolving Doors” below.
The liner notes packaged with the download (also available here) match the album’s 15 songs with the locations where they were recorded — which makes each song sound a little more like a postcard from the band’s recent American tour. (On “The Parish Of Space Dust”, the band even samples a Houston radio station, and it’s easy to imagine Damon Albarn flipping through radio stations as the band’s tour bus cruises through town). With tinny synths and tiny snare beats, it sure sounds like a laptop album. But then again, Gorillaz have access to some special tools unavailable to the average Mac user (e.g. soul legend Bobby Womack, who sounds incredible on the creamy “Bobby In Phoenix”, one of the album’s standouts). It’s well worth the listen — and you can’t beat the price.