Damon Albarn's strength lies in his breadth.
Sure, the songwriter will forever be associated with Blur but his solo years have included all manner of projects, from world music to opera, hit singles to obscure monikers.
Working under his own name, Damon Albarn will release solo album 'Everyday Robots' later this year. Speaking to Rolling Stone, the singer enthused about some of the collaborations in place on the new LP.
"Natasha Khan of Bat for Lashes sings a ghostly echo of my voice on the song 'Selfish Giant'. And Brian Eno sings a verse on the last song" he explained. "He's a neighbor: I used to go to a health club that he goes to as well, but he always did much more interesting things than I did. I'd be on a mind-numbing running machine, and he took water aerobics classes. He was very Eno about it."
The album also includes a contribution from a Leytonstone based gospel choir, whose harmonies Albarn heard as a child.
"Back in Leytonstone, there was a Pentecostal Church at the end of my road that belonged to the city mission" he said. "I remember standing outside with my bicycle listening to the singing, but never being able to find an entry point. But it was a very strong childhood memory that I've carried with me. I got in contact with that church, and they've still got a small choir, so they very kindly agreed to sing on the record a bit".
Check out title cut 'Everyday Robots' below.
'Everyday Robots' is set to be released on April 28th.