They are back; and just in time for Trump’s inauguration festivities. Returning with the new song: ‘Hallelujah Money’, Gorillaz enlist the vocals of the Mercury-Prize winner Benjamin Clementine.
Preaching Trump-hate at its most blatant, the accompanying video directed by Gorillaz and Giorgio testi, depicts Clementine in the Trump Tower. The visuals also feature imagery of the Klu-Klux-Klax, and other dark Amerciana history.
A play on Billie Holiday’s classic anti-racism song, ‘Strange Fruits’ the lyrics satanise Trump’s ideologies:
“Here is our tree
That primitively grows
When we go to bed
Scare crows from the Far a-East
Come to eat its tender fruits
I have thought that the
Best way to protect our tree
Is by building walls.”
‘Hallelujah Money’ is reportedly the first track to be released from the new album which was originally due for release last year. Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett have dropped the track a day before Trump’s inaugeration is due to take place on January 20.
You can watch the video via Uproxx here: