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.