What do “Humility” and “Give Me the Night” have in common? George Benson’s delectable guitar licks, that’s what.
An accidental encounter put Benson and Albarn on the same page, or rather, in the same song. But, the match is mostly magnificent if the end result counts for anything. Soft, swaying summer sounds swirl to ecstatic perfection. And yes, the fact that Benson’s contributions fit so well is as weird as it’s wonderful.
“Humility” is slick and sleek with minimal beat stylings and a certain sway in the rhythm. It’s as if the entire aesthetic of early eighties smooth jazz has gotten tangled up in a modern song.
Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino can be best described as hallucinogenic lounge music that's left-field, inventive, and smoldering. A highly unexpected direction from an established band that could've easily played things safe, but instead chose to take major risks that paid off in one of their most exhilarating albums to date.
Most people know Diplo for those big, dance ready anthems that shake the roofs off clubs, but on California EP he's opted for a more subdued, even emotional sound that's meant to move you in a different way than on the dance floor.
Humanz was my very first Gorillaz album and it left me as confused and mystified by them as I was before. Genre wise it is literally impossible to classify the album. It felt like they took the parts they liked from each genre and tried to put them together to create one product. It made for an interesting listen and when it worked, it really worked. But that was only about 50% of the time.
“Calling the world from isolation ‘Cause right now, that’s the ball where we be chained And if you’re coming back to find me You’d better have good aim”
Bright and brilliantly embellished with tasteful touches on guitar, “Humility” sounds like sunlight should and would, if it had a sound. Wooping, warbling, sliding… It’s relaxed soul and upbeat jazz jumbled up together.
The daydreamer brand of vocals we can recall from “Melancholy Hill” jibe elegantly in this relatively cheerful release. It’s a supremely Gorillaz Gorillaz track; tight, crackling with electric synths and pervasively experimental.
“Humility” is everything that keeps Gorillaz intriguing decades since the project’s inception.
I like it. I like it very much, yes. What do you think?
Gorillaz – “Humility” Reaction
Bright and brilliantly embellished with tasteful touches on guitar, "Humility" sounds like sunlight should and would, if it had a sound. Wooping, warbling, sliding... It's relaxed soul and upbeat jazz jumbled up together. Great stuff and a standout among their latest releases, for sure.