Damon Albarn last night performed music from his new project The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows during a live stream as part of Boiler Room’s ‘Streaming From Isolation’ series.
The project, which has been inspired by the landscapes of Iceland, and was due to make its live debut on June 3rd, 2020, at the iconic London Palladium which has now, of course, been shelved for the foreseeable future due to the current pandemic grinding live music to a halt.
Albarn, who has been a frequent visitor to Iceland for almost three decades, found inspiration for this project due to its picturesque nature and landscapes. The project takes its name from the John Clare poem Love and Memory.
As there is currently no tour on the horizon, Albarn brought the project to life as he plays selections from the new project “alone with materials from workshops interrupted by the global lockdown.” The stream began at 7 p.m. BST/2 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, May 17 through Boiler Room’s YouTube channel and is available to re-watch now.
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