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Indie88 Premiere: Damon Albarn shares live performance video for new track ‘Polaris’

Blur and Gorillaz‘s Damon Albarn is readying the release of his second solo album, The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows, which is out on November 12th via Transgressive Records. Today, he’s previewed the collection with a new track, “Polaris,” premiering now on Indie88.

“Polaris” is the follow-up to the recently released haunting title track. This new tune leans into an infectious chorus. Throughout “Polaris,” Damon Albarn sings of the need for a guiding star after many lives were blown off course through the pandemic. With catchy percussion and pulsing keys, this uplifting tune is sure to get you inspired.

The track comes accompanied by a live performance video. Marking the first in a series of cinematic films called Sublime Boulevards – Performance Films, this clip is definitely a must watch. The black-and-white video stars Albarn alongside a full live band and string quartet, making for a captivating performance of the tune. Transgressive Records founder Toby L directs the entire film series, and it will be released alongside some of the album’s songs.

Watch the live video for “Polaris” below.

Damon Albarn’s forthcoming studio album was originally set to be an orchestral piece inspired by the stunning landscapes of Iceland. In 2020, however, Albarn went back to the music during lockdown and developed the tracks. Now, The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows, explores “fragility, loss, emergence and rebirth,” according to a press release.

Check out the tracklist for The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows below.

The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows Tracklist:

01 – “The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows”
02 – “The Cormorant”
03 – “Royal Morning Blue”
04 – “Combustion”
05 – “Daft Wader”
06 – “Darkness To Light”
07 – “Esja”
08 – “The Tower Of Montevideo”
09 – “Giraffe Trumpet Sea”
10 – “Polaris”
11 – “Particles”

Lead photo courtesy of Linda Brownlee.

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