Damon Albarn has marked his first duet with one of the Gorillaz animated characters by performing ‘Aries’ on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
The song, which sees the band team up with Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook, was first released last month as the band launch their new project. The song arrived as episode three of ‘Song Machine’, the cartoon music contraption from 2D, Murdoc, Noodle and Russel. Having already worked with Tame Impala and the Malian star Fatoumata Diawara, Peter Hook stepped up for the latest offering.
Season 1 of Song Machine sees Gorillaz joined by an exciting and ever-evolving roster of as-yet-unannounced collaborators captured live in Kong Studios alongside the world’s most successful virtual band. “The cameras are rolling 24/7, the fourth wall is broken, the kettle is on, the chaos is real, the door is open… What’s coming next? Stay tuned,” the band said in a statement.
The band’s frontman 2D said: “Hello everyone who is reading these words. I’ll keep this short because once you say things you can’t unsay them and they exist in the universe forever, like Tupperware.”
Gorillaz drummer Russel added: “Song Machine is a whole new way of doing what we do. Gorillaz breaking the mould ‘cos the mould got old. World is moving faster than a supercharged particle, so we’ve gotta stay ready to drop.
“We don’t even know who’s stepping through the studio next. Song Machine feeds on the unknown, runs on pure chaos. So whatever the hell’s coming, we’re primed and ready to produce like there’s no tomorrow. Y’know, just in case…”
For now though, see a unique performance by Albarn and 2D on Kimmel: