The album was produced by Simian Mobile Disco’s James Ford, who most recently worked with Arctic Monkeys on Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino. Unlike its guest-heavy predecessor, last year’s Humanz, The Now Now features only three additional contributors: George Benson, Jamie Principle, and Snoop Dogg, the latter two guesting on “Hollywood”. Recording took place at London’s Studio 13 in February.
Albarn described The Now Now as a “summer record” which mostly focuses on his own singing. “I thought I should make a record where I’m just singing for once,” he explained. “It’s pretty much just me singing, very sort of in the world of 2-D… I feel really good about it. I feel really really good about it.”
In support of The Now Now, Gorillaz will embark on a North American arena tour beginning in October.
The Now Now Artwork:
The Now Now Tracklist:
01. Humility (feat. George Benson)
03. Hollywood (feat. Snoop Dogg and Jamie Principle)
07. Lake Zurich
08. Magic City
09. Fire Flies
10. One Percent
11. Souk Eye