The Fall, a collection of songs that Damon Albarn (mostly) performed and recorded on his iPad during the Gorillaz 32-day North American fall tour will finally be made available as a traditional digital download, CD and vinyl release.
The 15 tracks had been previously posted on Christmas eve to the Gorillaz website and available to anyone who had signed up to the mailing list. The Fall will be available as a special vinyl release on April 16 as part of Record Store Day 2011. A CD and digital download will be available two days later.
Some fans and critics have been very critical about the recordings referring to them as rambling and amateurish and not worthy of release under the Gorillaz monicker.
I however enjoyed the tracks for what they were, sound explorations – these are the rough and raw creative explorations, the sonic frameworks that may eventually grow into fully-realized songs or just left unheard by the public. They can’t be compared to a fully produced Gorillaz album. I enjoy hearing the creativity of Albarn in all its forms.
Albarn had described the album as a type of sonic journal, recorded in his spare time during the tour.
“I did it because there’s a lot of time that you just spend staring at walls essentially. And it was a fantastic way of doing it. I found working in the day, whether it’s in the hotel or in the venue, it was a brilliant way of keeping myself well. I literally wrote everything on the day in each place and there’s a strange sort of sound of America and its musical traditions that comes through. It feels like a journey through America.”