At the start of the year, animated pop group Gorillaz kicked off an ambitious new project called Song Machine, a series of new one-off singles and music videos collaborating with artists like Slowthai, ScHoolboy Q, Octavian, and more. The sixth Song Machine release is called "Strange Timez," and it features goth-rock legend Robert Smith of The Cure. In the music video, streaming above, Gorillaz head off on a lunar expedition where Smith's face is embedded on nearly every reflective surface, including the obelisk from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Watch above.
"Strange Timez" and all the previous Song Machine releases will appear on the upcoming Song Machine album from Gorillaz, out October 23. Both the standard and deluxe editions will contain brand new songs — the standard edition will have 11 songs total, and the deluxe will run 17 tracks long. JPEGMAFIA, Beck, EARTHGANG, Goldlink, St. vincent, Elton John, 6LACK, and many more will appear on the project. There's also a Limited Edition Super Deluxe Edition of Song Machine that comes with an art book, 11 art prints, a music box, and more.
Later this year, Gorillaz will enter the livestreaming world with Song Machine Live. On december 12 and 13 the band will perform in a mixture of live and animated visuals simultaneously across three time zones. Get more info here.