In 2012, Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett of Gorillaz announced a hiatus, putting more than ten years of the duo’s musical-visual project on pause. Their work came to symbolize a blurring boundary between fiction and reality, keeping fans wanting more and drawing new faces into their world one album at a time. We all died a little on the inside when the break was revealed.
But there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. This summer, you can experience a work of Albarn and Hewlett that will not only blow your mind but make you question why the pair decided to go on hiatus in the first place. New album? We wish. Unreleased music video? Not quite. Musical production? Actually, yes.
Praised by The Guardian as “a high-octane, 90-minute rock’n’roll circus,” Monkey: Journey to the West has found itself on the top of July’s must-do list for city-goers of all ages. Watch and listen as an ancient Chinese folk tale is accompanied by an eclectic soundtrack that’ll make you want to replay Demon Days for the next two weeks. For avid listeners and long-time fans of Gorillaz and Blur, this is the chance to revisit Albarn and Hewlett’s work that will stimulate your senses in a way that just can’t be satisfied by a screen or headphones.
It’s weird, it’s awesome, and it’ll make you Feel Good (didn’t see that one coming, right?).
If you’re really looking to make this summer unlike any other, you absolutely need to check out this crew of singers, dancers, musicians, acrobats, and contortionists and welcome Monkey: Journey to the West to Lincoln Center this July. You can get more info and purchase tickets here, but if you just can’t wait until the show, you can check out the trailer to get a glimpse of what to expect by clicking the photo above.
- Michelle Pathe