by / March 7th, 2012 /

Damon Albarn announces new solo album

Damon Albarn has announced details of his new solo album entitled Dr. Dee. Set for release in May of this year via Parlophone, the LP was recorded late last year. It features the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and was mixed by Valgeir Sigursson in Reykjavik.

The press release says:

Dr Dee is 18 tracks of songs and music inspired by the life of John Dee, mathematician, polymath and advisor to Elizabeth I. Described by Albarn as ‘strange pastoral folk’, Dr Dee is a fitting companion to the end of another Elizabethan age. The album combines Albarn’s voice with early English choral and instrumentation alongside modern, West African and Renaissance sounds.

Doctor Dee: An English Opera ran in the Palace Theatre as part of the Manchester International festival last summer. It is expected to play at the London Coliseum, as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

So in the last few months Albarn has done recorded with Gorillaz, Honest Jon, Rocketjuice and The Moon and scored a movie for his sister. The man obviously needs less sleep than most.

Dr. Dee is available for pre-order over on Amazon, here’s ‘The Marvelous Dream’.