Way back in the wilds of 2012, when the Random Access Memories campaign was just a twinkle in a Columbia executive’s eye, the big will-they-won’t-they story centred around the (non-)possibility of a new Blur album.
Back in April 2012, Albarn called time on the band as a recording entity, then recanted his words and claimed to have been misrepresented. Producer William Orbit subsequently suggested that recording on a new Blur album had begun in earnest, but that Albarn had abruptly nixed the sessions midway through the process. According to Orbit, “The new stuff sounded amazing. Then it all stopped suddenly. It was all over with Damon, and the rest of the band were like, ‘Is this it?’”. A new single, ‘Under The Westway’, followed, but all chatter of a new album gradually died down entirely.
Last night, Blur played a date at Hong Kong’s AsiaWorld-Expo. Speaking to the crowd, Albarn nattered about a series of recently postponed dates in Japan, then offered this hunk of food for thought: “So we have a week in Hong Kong, and we thought it would be a good time to try and record another record.”