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"Everyday Robots" - Damon Albarn [YouTube Official Video & Lyrics]

Brad Bershad

by Brad Bershad

Published January 20, 2014
Damon Albarn "Everyday Robots" Lyrics:

[Lord Buckley Sample from Cabenza De Gasca aka The Gasser]
"They didn't know where they was going, but they knew where they was wasn't it"

We are everyday robots on our phones
In the process of getting home
Looking like standing stones
Out there on our own
We're everyday robots in control
Or in the process of being sold
Driving in adjacent cars
'Til you press restart

"They didn't know where they was going, but they knew where they was wasn't it"

Everyday robots just touch thumbs
Swimmin' in lingo they become
Stricken in a status sea
One more vacancy
For everyday robots getting old
When our lips are cold
Lookin' like standing stones
Out there on our own

Little robots in ringback tones
In the process of getting home

 
Starting with a Lord Buckley sample, Damon Albarn's "Everyday Robots" is an interesting mix of hip-hop production with piano ballad pop rock that's right in line with his work in The Gorillaz. The track almost sounds like a cross between Radiohead and Jay Z, and that's a good thing.

Working in the Gorillaz, Jamie Hewlett was responsible for the great comic book style characters as the artistic director. For this song and album, Albarn has tapped Aitor Throup, a London based graphic designer originally from Argentina, as the visual artistic collaborator. In this video, you can see Albarn's head recreated digitally into an incredibly realistic mapped object. Aitor Throup has an interesting article on his website about making the video and the cover art for the album. Throup says:

The focus was to represent Damon Albarn as an individual: as a person and an artist, in the most direct way possible, showing the very tangible layers to his work, which merges authenticity and complexity with instant simplicity and a unique balance between nature and technology.

The video is a metaphor of Albarn’s work being the result of many elements informing the final product. Like an anatomical study, the result of the eventual piece is a direct result of everything that informs it, everything it represents.

Throup commented, “I spent a lot of time with Damon in the studio, and I really wanted to capture his intentions and messages while proposing a unique way to convey them visually. There are specific lyrics that strike me, and particularly his analysis of how we are at times like robots, everyday on our phones ‘looking like standing stones’. I was really interested in the idea of how the challenge of living with technology has turned us into repeats of the same. It’s a sort of individual statement on the loss of individuality through technology, done in a way that at the same time not only embraces it, but is dependent on it.’

In an interview with Rolling Stone published today, Albarn discussed how he's been working on this new solo record with producer Richard Russell and how he was influenced by a baby elephant.

The album Everyday Robots is due out on April 29th. For the latest Damon Albarn music, news, and tour dates, check out his Zumic artist page.

damon-albarn-every-day-robots-album-art YouTube Description:

Published on Jan 20, 2014

Everyday Robots - first solo album from British singer/songwriter Damon Albarn - is available to pre-order now:http://smarturl.it/itERalbum

The video for lead single and title track 'Everyday Robots' is directed by artist and designer Aitor Throup and uses CGI software and actual cranial scans to create a unique digital portrait of Damon.

Everyday Robots - Video
Video concept and direction by Aitor Throup
Editor: Giorgio Gremigni (The Butchers)

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www.damonalbarnmusic.com

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