Saturday, March 17, 2012

Damon Albarn & Richard Russell Present: Bobby Womack - "Please Forgive My Heart" (Future Soul?)

Frequent Gorillaz collaborator and 1970's Soulman, Bobby Womack is fixing to make a triumphant comeback with the release of his first album in nearly 20 years, The Bravest Man In The Universe (June 11-12th). Womack's music career was kick-started back in the early 60's with family band, The Valentinos and later as Sam Cooke's backing guitarist. Recorded over the past few years along with friends Damon Albarn and XL Recordings head honcho Richard Russell, "Please Forgive My Heart" is our initial taste of the album; Man, it's a bubbling, piano-driven synth-heavy affair that's slightly reminiscent of Albarn & Russell's Electro-leaning collective outputs...

But have no fear, Bobby Womack's passionate, heart-felt vocal delivery first heard on revealing original hits [and covers] like "Fly Me to The Moon," "California Dreaming," "Across 110th Street," "Sweet Caroline," and "It's All Over Now." Towards the end of Womack's new sample track, all of the Futuristic R&B elements fade out, only leaving a stripped down acoustic guitar rhythm. Controversial songstress, Lana del Rey is rumored to have lent her vocal flourishes to one of Damon Albarn & Richard Russell's inventive creations. Head on over to Pitchfork to check out The Bravest Man In The Universe's 10-song tracklist and stay tuned, as more details will imminently emerge with the release date slowly inching towards us.

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