The Magic Whip


So, while no one was watching, Blur threw an album out there for the people:
Damon Albarn said that because he likes to work in shorter, more concentrated periods of time he feared that he would never return to the tracks the band made while in Asia.
Speaking about what happened between making the album in 2013 and today, Albarn explained that while he was touring and promoting his solo album 'Everyday Robots' last year, he was approached by Graham Coxon with a view to going over the recordings and seeing if anything could be salvaged. 
"It was something we did off our own backs," Coxon explained. "It was quite an overwhelming project. There was jamming and sonic landscaping. I said, 'Damon, can I have a little chat? I said, 'Do you mind if I have a look at this music and see if there's anything worth pursuing. Id compare it to someone's notes, scrawling all over the page. We slung it over to Stephen [Street] and he looked through bits of it." 
More of this, please. I do enjoy finding unexpected albums wherever they may appear. This kind of marketing works--it eliminates the overly long wait for a release (Noel Gallagher's album comes out sometime in the next month or so, and it has sat there for months) and it allows people to be surprised, which is a genuinely rare thing in the Internet age.