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Damon Albarn finds an all-encompassing peace on “Particles”

We’re still an agonising while away from the release of Damon Albarn‘s new solo album, The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows, but he’s keeping us locked with a steady stream of lovely singles. Today he shares “Particles”, a song that had its seed planted on a flight to Iceland, talking to a stranger about the troubles of the pandemic and the ultimate peace that will surely prevail.

While the words of “Particles” don’t detail that conversation, we certainly get a feeling of gradual peace from it. Over ascendant synths Albarn’s voice and atmospheric tones hover, and it’s easy to imagine being in a plane and seeing the curvature of the Earth, realising that we are such a small factor in this great organism. Albarn’s words fold into them this wonder about the world, but he also ties it back to an intimate reflection of a lover. It ties together to be a shapeshifting but undeniably stirring whole.

Watch a special live performance of “Particles” below, or find it on streaming platforms.

Damon Albarn’s new album The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows comes out on November 12 through Transgressive (pre-order/save). You can find him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.