Blur dropped the second single from its highly anticipated reunion album, The Magic Whip, today, March 20. "There are Too Many of Us" follows up "Go Out," which was released in February. Damon Albarn and Co. haven't skipped a beat either in the 12 years since the release of Think Tank.
The tune opens with some orchestral synths and marching drum fills before Albarn's vocals slink through the speakers. "There are too many of us/That's plain to see," he sings as the band plugs away. The group breaks into a groove halfway through the tune, unleashing drummer Dave Rowntree's chops and more vocal effects. Don't miss Graham Coxon's solo near the trippy conclusion either (check it out below).
Albarn discussed how the album came together with Zane Lowe earlier this year.
"Graham came to me and said, 'We've got something here,'" the singer said. "I was really busy doing my own thing but they came back and played me what they'd done and I was like, 'Oh no, this is really good.' There were very mixed emotions for me. I really felt at the end of the last gigs we did, that that was it; that was the end. Not for any heavy reason, [but] it had run its course. There's no way we could do another gig without a new record."
The Magic Whip is due out April 28.
Albarn has kept busy since Blur went on hiatus following Think Tank's 2003 release. The singer put out three albums with his cartoon band Gorillaz — 2005's Demon Days, 2010's Plastic Beach, 2011's The Fall — before releasing his debut solo effort last year in the form of Everyday Robots. The LP received rave reviews and was considered one of 2014's best albums (Music Times ranked it number eight on its end of the year list).
"The ends justify the means for Albarn. Everyday Robots isn't a concept album about a Fallout-future ... it's a biographical timeline for the star. The one song that deals with the title subject required a moody, disconnected backdrop, and Albarn realized that sound worked just fine with the rest of his narrative. A few songs bring the car off the road, but Albarn executes Robots as a unified album," Ryan Book wrote for MT.