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Damon Albarn: "New Blur album may just be one of those records that never comes out"

 Damon Albarn: "New Blur album may just be one of those records that never comes out"

Damon Albarn has said that Blur may never finish the album they began working on in 2013.

Albarn recorded new music with his Blur bandmates in Hong Kong in May last year.

However, in an interview published in this week's NME which is on newsstands tomorrow (July 30) and available digitally, Albarn says that because he likes to work in shorter, more concentrated periods of time he fears that he may never return to the tracks the band made while in Asia.

"There are about 15 songs we recorded in Hong Kong," he says. "The annoying thing is, if I'd been able to write the lyrics there and then about being there, we'd have finished the record. But sometimes, if you can't do it all at once, it dissipates really and I don't know what I'd sing about now with that record. There's some great tunes on there, but it may just be one of those records that never comes out."

Although keen to push ahead with the album, Albarn states that his preferred method of working may mean that the album does not see the light of day.

"I'd do some more work on it. I like making records in short periods of time if I can. It was a different process with [solo album] Everyday Robots because that was really thought out, but sometimes it's great to get some amazing energy and do something in 10 days. There was too much commuting between where we were staying and where we were recording and it was a bit too hot. I think that's why we didn't get it finished."

Elsewhere in the interview Albarn talks about plans for his musical, a new Gorillaz album and the possibility of a second solo record.

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