‘Lonesome Street’, the third and final track to be sent to fans ahead of release of The Magic Whip, is available now.
There is a nice touch of the Syd Barretts about this one with a melting, twisted psychedelic twist around a classic Blur pop.
The track follows Friday night’s packed secret show for 300 fans at MODE in West London which saw the band play The Magic Whip live and for the first time. They closed the special gig with the track ‘Trouble In The Message Centre’ from their 1994 album ‘Parklife’.
For those that didn’t make it to the tiny club, Beats by Dr. Dre exclusively filmed the show and will be streaming it in full, for one night only on Wednesday, March 25th at 8:00pm. The stream will be available here at on the Beats by Dre Youtube channel.
The Magic Whip is released on Parlophone on 27th April 2015 and is blur’s first album in 16 years as a four-piece. The recordings, which began during a five-day break in touring in Spring 2013 – at Avon Studios in Kowloon, Hong Kong – were put aside when the group finished touring and returned to their respective lives. Last November Graham Coxon revisited the tracks and, drafting in blur’s early producer Stephen Street, he worked with the band on the material. Albarn then added lyrics and the 12 tracks of The Magic Whip are the result.
The Magic Whip will be available as a digital download, on CD and as a 2-disc vinyl set.
As the only artists to play Hyde Park four times, blur will return to the historic London park for a headline show on Saturday 20th June 2015 as part of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park.