Fans have been hearing at hints of new music from the Gorillaz throughout 2015, but Jamie Hewlett just gave the most concrete bit of information yet about his celebrated duo with Damon Albarn. According to Hewlett, the duo is in the process of recording new music and will have something to release in 2016.
The revelation comes in a new interview with Hewlett in DIY Magazine as part of a promotional push for his upcoming art exhibit titled "The Suggetionists" at the London's Saatchi Gallery. The gallery will open on Nov. 18. Find more information about it on Hewlett's website.
Speaking to DIY Magazine about making new Gorillaz music, he is vague about the timeline, but Hewlett does confirm that something will come next year. What that will be is up in the air, but fans are hoping for another album.
"That's next year. I'm working on it at the moment, and it's going very well. I'm very excited. I don't want to say too much about it, but I'm at that phase of experimentation."
He says he's shutting himself away to work on the band's next steps and he explains why being so secluded helps to hone in on his own creative process and not be influenced by others.
"What I try not to do when I'm working in this creative period, the cooking of the mess, is go to other peoples' exhibitions and look at other peoples' work. I close my eyes, and don't want to know what anyone else is doing. Doing that has kind of ruined the creative process for me in the past, and I don't want to let that happen again."
Formed by Albarn and Hewlett in 1998, Gorillaz have not released a full length since their 2011 release The Fall.
They have been teasing potential new music, including posting teasers of new fictional "members" of the group on Instagram.