Damon Albarn has always been a scholar of pop music.
A songwriter able to draw on a global pantheon of influences, the Blur artist was recently probed about modern British music.
Speaking to Sunday Times Culture supplement, the singer aimed some barbed remarks at what he views as modern musicians becoming divorced from the world around them.
"Look at music now. Does it say anything?" he asked. "Young artists talk about themselves, not what’s happening out there. It’s the selfie generation. They’re talking platitudes."
"What are any of them saying? I don’t hear anything other than: 'This is how I feel.' Which is an important part of songwriting, but we’re talking in the context of the election – and they don’t have anything to do with it.”
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