Last night, saw a Beatles inspired rooftop performance, where Britpop legends Blur, debuted two new tracks: ‘The Puritan’ and ‘Under the Westway’. Their performance was streamed globally via Twitter, with the tracks now available to download from iTunes.
‘Under the Westway’ has all the trademarks of a classic Blur ballad, and draws comparisons from previous anthems such as ‘Tender‘, and ‘For Tomorrow‘. The lyrics in particular, are some of Albarns most poignant.
“For the way I feel about you/Paradise not lost in you/On a permanent basis I apologise/ But I am gonna sing/Hallelujah/Sing it out loud and sing it to ya.”
‘The Puritan‘, on the other hand, showcase Blurs diversity as a band. The uptempo track pays homage to their early 90’s sound, while also infusing a Gorrilaz vibe. Speaking to BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe after their live stream, Damon Albarn commented:
“The Puritan talks about smoke and mirrors, and we felt a bit like that after The Brits. We were just being ourselves and the whole TV thing is anti the self and more about playing the game, crying and dry ice. We don’t fit in there.”
Blur’s next big performance will be the ‘BT London Live: Closing Ceremony Celebration Concert’, in Hyde Park, August 12th. No news yet on an album or whether these two tracks will be the last new material we hear from Blur, but all we can do in the meantime, is enjoy the below tracks and keep our fingers crossed.