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Gorillaz Release First Piece of Music In Six Years With ‘Hallelujah Money’

Hallelujah Money Gorillaz

It’s been six years since Gorillaz dropped their fourth album The Fall, and now the band is back with their new single “Hallelujah Money.”

Since October 2014, Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn has been promising fans of the animated supergroup that a new album was coming ‘soon.’ In July 2015, Albarn stated that recording would begin that September. In May, pictures of the Gorillaz crew in the studio with Vic Mensa surfaced. Though the album was slated for release in 2016, band member Jamie Hewlett later confirmed the new record wouldn’t see the light of day until 2017. Well, 2017 has arrived and thankfully, so has new music from Gorillaz.

Featuring Mercury Prize-winning singer and poet Benjamin Clementine, the band timed their return to music only hours before the inauguration of Donald Trump, with the song’s somber and ominous tone and theme of greed inspired by the incoming president.

Clementine carries most of the visual and vocal load, with the camera fixed on the English singer throughout the video. Clementine stands in an elevator while images of the Trump Tower, Clint Eastwood, children’s animated films and the virtual Gorillaz play in the background, with a terrified SpongeBob SquarePants running away to signal the video and song’s end. The video also contains images of the La Candelaria Brotherhood, whose ceremonial clothes are often mistaken for the KKK.

As for Albarn, the frontman doesn’t come in until the halfway point, and even then, he only performs the song’s chorus in typical distorted Gorillaz vocals, singing, “How will we know / When the morning comes / We are still humans / How will we know?”

Teasing the video a few hours before its release on Uproxx today, the Gorillaz tweeted to Clementine, asking whether he had finally emerged from the elevator.

Directed by Gorillaz and Giorgio Testic, the new video and song mark the first release from the Gorillaz yet-to-be-titled fifth studio album. The band promises more new music to come, writing on their Twitter account, “New stuff won’t write itself.”

Sadly, we have a feeling that Trump will be giving the band lots of inspiration this year.