A day after teasing new Gorillaz music in a series of Instagram posts, Damon Albarn has previewed the recorded score from Songs From Wonder.land, his modern theatrical adaptation of Alice In Wonderland that is currently showing in London.
In either clip we see intimate studio sessions featuring the musicians and voices behind the actual show. Albarn’s unmistakable voice shines through the clip of “In Clover” while we see close ups of instruments and shots of Albarn directing an entire crew of musicians. This is the image that most people have of the of studio work behind Gorillaz, so this only serves to reiterate the idea that Damon Albarn is a performance and studio whiz, regardless of format or medium.
The second clip features Hal Fowler, the voice of the Cheshire Cat, singing the tune “Fabulous,” while violinists, saxophonists, and pianists add a decidedly whimsical fabric to the song. Much like the previous clip, we get very artsy insight into Albarn’s activities inside the studio and from behind the glowing boards in the control room.
For those of us who can’t see this musical live from across the pond, Songs From Wonder.land will be available for digital download on April 19, with CD and vinyl releases following on April 22 and 29 respectively. You can preorder the release here.
Songs From Wonder.land Tracklist:
01. Entre Act – instrumental
02. wonder.land featuring Hal Fowler as the narrator
03. Fabulous with Hal Fowler as the Cheshire Cat
04. Me with Anna Francolini as Miss Maxome, the fierce head teacher
05. Secrets featuring Lois Chimimba as Aly and Carly Bawden as her avatar Alice
06. In Clover with Paul Hilton as Aly’s dad
07. Avatars Holding Page with the ensemble, Ed Wade, Daisy Maywood, Ivan De Freitas, Cydney Uffindell-Phillips, Leon Cooke, Simon Anthony, Lois Chimimba and Carly Bawden
08. Who Are You with Hal Fowler as the beguiling caterpillar, along with Lois Chimimba and Carly Bawden
09. I’m Right with Francolini again as the head teacher Miss Maxome
10. Everyone Loves Charlie Lois Chimimba as Aly, sings of her doted-on younger brother Charlie
11. Japanese Duchess sung by Hal Fowler
12. Man Of Broken Glass with Paul Hilton and Golda Rosheuval as Aly’s parents
13. Alice Saw featuring Carly Bawden as Aly’s avatar Alice
Image: Alex Lake