Gorillaz detail the adventures of their cartoon guitarist in their bizarre multimedia story "The Book of Noodle." The tale begins "days after the attack on Plastic Beach" – a reference to the band's 2010 album of the same name – and finds Noodle tracking down and defeating an evil shapeshifter named Mazuu. It's a difficult task, although "finding a shapeshifter is like looking for a beard at an Arcade Fire concert," according to the whimsical series.
The story is told over 10 chapters featuring bizarre, otherworldly visuals. It ends with Noodle chopping off Mazuu's head. After escaping his Sumo bodyguards, she "[packs] herself into a FedEx crate with dried fish, bottled water and a copy of Moby Dick – if she was ever to finish Melville's onerous classic, it was now."
In April, Gorillaz artist Jamie Hewlett posted a pair of Instagram videos showing him and musical mastermind Damon Albarn in the recording studio, Pitchfork reports. Hewlett previously teased that the band's next LP was earmarked for 2016. In August, De La Soul's Pos revealed that both his group and Snoop Dogg were scheduled to appear on the upcoming album.
"We actually sat down with Damon two weeks ago, and he played us some of the new Gorillaz album, and it sounds amazing," Pos told The Guardian. "He played us a track that he wants us to get off on his album so we got to get in the studio and put that down."