For the first time in 6 years, Gorillaz have released a single from their upcoming album due out this year.
The song, Hallelujah Money, comes on the eve of president elect, Donald J. Trump’s, inauguration and it seems that the song expresses the sentiment among many people around the world who oppose his presidency.
The song discusses ‘building walls’, can be taken as a reference to Trump’s claims of building a wall along the U.S./Mexican border. The video of the song is also set in a lift, perhaps another reference to the golden lift in Trump Tower.
At one point in the video, where images are displayed on the windows of the lift behind Benjamin Clementine, it appears as though members of the Ku Klux Klan are displayed. However, Gorillaz representatives were quick to point out that the images were in fact La Candelaria Brotherhood.
While the song does rebuild following a beat breakdown with a spoken word passage from Clementine, its euphoric choral climax turns out to be a false ending as “Hallelujah Money” actually closes with jarring distortion and – perhaps fittingly for the world’s most famous cartoon band – a clip of SpongeBob SquarePants freaking out.
Alongside the song, the band’s ‘bassist’, Murdoch, wrote: In these dark times, we all need someone to look up to. Me. That’s why I’m giving you this new Gorillaz song, a lightning bolt of truth in a black night. You’re welcome. Now piss on! The new album’s not gonna write itself.”
The song certainly isn’t a traditional release for Gorillaz as it does not have the same poppy catch of ‘Stylo’, ‘Dare’ or ‘On Melancholy Hill’. Perhaps it was not intended as a single until Trump’s inauguration. Perhaps it was a last minute thing. Either way, we’re all delighted to have Murdoch and the gang back.
Special thanks to Cian Curley for helping with this article.