After some years of radio silence, Gorillaz have returned to the musical fold by releasing weird teaser missives from their social media accounts over the past several months, including some shots of collaborators working on songs and brand new artwork. Now the Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett-helmed project has released their most immersive teaser yet: a strange, multimedia video story about Noodle, the small illustrated woman in the Gorillaz crew.
Over the course of 11 tweets this morning (check out the whole thing below), Gorillaz introduced “The Book of Noodle,” a story about the character’s journey after the band’s 2010 album Plastic Beach. According to the string of collaged images and storybook narrative, Noodle has been hunting an evil demon in Tokyo over the past 6 years. Having just dressed as a geisha to vanquish the beast, our hero has just FedEx-ed herself across the world to Murdoc.
Since this is where the story leaves off, we have to imagine the band is getting back together to record an audio-visual record about Noodle’s journey. With the rise of complex, immersive album releases, something like “The Book of Noodle” seems only natural for a band that was a multimedia project a whole decade before that was even a thing. Maybe they will go on tour with vocaloid queen Hatsune Miku and stage some sort of AI coup to take over the world. That would be pretty tight.
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Matt Grosinger is the music editor of Nerdist and can’t wait to buy a million copies of the new Gorillaz record whenever it comes out.