Blur will end the dozen-year wait between studio albums April 27th when they release their reunion disc The Magic Whip, and after premiering first single “Go Out” during the album’s announcement party, Damon Albarn and company have shared a second track from their new LP, “There Are Too Many of Us.”
As the song’s title suggests – like Paul McCartney’s “Too Many People” before it – Blur’s latest finds Albarn tackling the issue of overpopulation, conformity and the futility of religion with incredible simplicity as he sings, “There are too many of us / In tiny houses, here and there / Just passing out somewhere / But you don’t care / There are too many of us / It’s plain to see / We all believe in praying / For our immortality.”
While The Magic Whip features guitarist Graham Coxon back in the fold for the first time since Blur’s 1999 album 13, the track’s reverbed vocals, waltzed pace and doom-and-gloom lyrics sound more like Albarn’s dub side project The Good, the Bad and the Queen.
The video, directed by Blur and edited by Matt Cronin, was filmed during the band’s rehearsals this month as they prepare for a number of high-profile festival-headlining gigs, including the first major show of their latest reunion at London’s Hyde Park on June 20th. However, before that, Blur will debut The Magic Whip live in its entirety Friday night at a “secret” small club show in West London, the band previously announced.