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Damon Albarn Nearly Drove Himself Crazy Making Solo Album

Image courtesy of Linda Brownlee (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Linda Brownlee (via ABC News Radio)

Damon Albarn 's new solo album is only days away from being released -- it's called  Everyday Robots  and it'll be available in retail and digital outlets on Tuesday, April 29. 

It's a good thing that it's ready to go -- in a new interview with Billboard , Albarn admits that spending time alone in his recording studio leaves him "feeling completely hopeless."

And it's not just the melancholy tunes that fans will find on the new album that push Albarn to the edge -- it's the playing itself. "A lot of time I am rocking on the piano or guitar and just staring into the distance...I like the masochistic, monklike flagellation I put myself through. I drive myself to the edge of insanity most days."

Albarn's managed to get out of the studio and on the road a bit behind the new album, with festival shows scheduled this summer at Bonnaroo in Tennessee and New York City's Governor's Ball, and a full slate of European dates scheduled.  And while that might be good for the Blur and Gorillaz leader's mental health, he'll be back in the studio again soon.  He tells Billboard he'll begin working on an unnamed theater project shortly.

As for whether he has plans to log any studio time with Blur, Albarn says, "Not at the moment. But who's to say that in a few years we won't meet up and go, 'Let's do something'? We're friends, so it isn't really a case of there being an end. It's not that sort of story."

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