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Gorillaz Debut New "Plastic Beach" Track "Superfast Jellyfish"

February 26, 2010 12:00 AM ET

With just weeks before the arrival of Gorillaz's Plastic Beach, the animated rockers led by Damon Albarn unveiled a new song called "Superfast Jellyfish" yesterday on their official YouTube page. This odd slice of sea-funk reunites Gorillaz with their "Feel Good Inc." cohorts De La Soul, who turn in verses praising King Neptune and his interesting fruit de mar, with Super Furry Animals/Neon Neon frontman Gruff Rhys joining the chorus to explain how "the sea is radioactive." A heavily voice-boxed Albarn only pops up toward the end of the song. It's all very Spongebob but undeniably catchy, and fits with Plastic Beach's themes of consumerism — note the Sigue Sigue Sputnik-esque ad that prefaces the song — and life on an island landfill. (Because of EMI's "no embed" policy — ask OK Go about it — you have to visit YouTube to listen to it.)

Plastic Beach is due out in the States on March 9th, but because the album will be released March 3rd in Japan, it's likely YouTube will be filling up with videos of new tracks in the next few days. In fact, starting March 1st, NPR will be streaming Plastic Beach in its entirety.

Gorillaz have also revamped their Website in anticipation of Plastic Beach, adding some games (that we couldn't figure out how to play), a track-by-track review of Plastic Beach by Gorillaz member Murdoc Niccals and a trailer for the upcoming "Stylo" video. As Rolling Stone previously reported, Gorillaz will bring their multimedia show to Coachella April 18th when they serve as the Indio festival's final night headliner.

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