Artist Spotlight: Gorillaz

Artist Spotlight: Gorillaz

Gorillaz, the innovative virtual band created by musician Damon Albarn and artist Jamie Hewlett, has taken the music world by storm with their genre-blending sound and captivating visual storytelling. Since their inception in 1998, Gorillaz has released a series of groundbreaking albums that have pushed the boundaries of music and art. Let's delve into the world of Gorillaz and explore their major albums:

  1. "Gorillaz" (2001): The band's self-titled debut album introduced the world to their unique concept and musical diversity. With hits like "Clint Eastwood" and "19-2000," the album seamlessly combined elements of alternative rock, hip-hop, and electronic music.

  2. "Demon Days" (2005): Considered one of Gorillaz's masterpieces, "Demon Days" delved deeper into socio-political themes while maintaining their signature sonic experimentation. Tracks like "Feel Good Inc." and "DARE" became anthems of the mid-2000s alternative music scene.

  3. "Plastic Beach" (2010): This album marked another evolution in Gorillaz's sound, incorporating more electronic and orchestral elements. Collaborations with artists like Snoop Dogg, Lou Reed, and Mos Def added to the album's eclectic nature.

  4. "The Fall" (2010): Recorded entirely on an iPad during Gorillaz's 2010 tour, "The Fall" captures a more experimental and introspective side of the band. It offers a glimpse into Damon Albarn's creative process and the band's on-the-road experiences.

  5. "Humanz" (2017): Returning with a politically charged album, Gorillaz brought together an impressive lineup of guest artists to create an album that captured the spirit of the times. "Humanz" featured tracks like "Saturnz Barz" and "Andromeda."

  6. "The Now Now" (2018): A more introspective album compared to its predecessor, "The Now Now" highlighted Albarn's personal reflections. Tracks like "Humility" and "Lake Zurich" maintained Gorillaz's sonic experimentation while embracing a more laid-back vibe.

  7. "Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez" (2020): Breaking the traditional album format, Gorillaz released a series of singles under the "Song Machine" project, culminating in the album "Strange Timez." The project showcased their ability to adapt and experiment in the digital age.

Gorillaz's discography is a testament to their artistic innovation and willingness to explore new musical territories. Beyond their music, the band's visual identity and animated members have become integral to their brand. With each album, Gorillaz continues to challenge conventions, blur genres, and create a unique fusion of music and art.

To experience the world of Gorillaz, you can explore their albums available for purchase online at or find them in-store at Zhivago Gifts in Galway. Immerse yourself in the sonic and visual journey crafted by this extraordinary virtual band.

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