Damon Albarn
The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows
Transgressive Records
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2021
LP
24.99
TRANS 551X
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Tracklist
1The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows
2The Cormorant
3Royal Morning Blue
4Combustion
5Daft Wader
6Darkness To Light
7Esja
8The Tower Of Montevideo
9Giraffe Trumpet Sea
10Polaris
11Particles

The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows was originally intended as an orchestral piece inspired by the landscapes of Iceland. This last year has seen Albarn return to the music in lockdown and develop the work to 11 tracks which further explore themes of fragility, loss, emergence and rebirth. The result is a panoramic collection of songs with Albarn as a storyteller. The album title is taken from a John Clare poem Love and Memory.

Albarn says, "I have been on my own dark journey while making this record and it led me to believe that a pure source might still exist."

In a career of perpetual musical shifts and exploration, the record uncovers yet more ground, finding expansive orchestral arrangements nestling with intimate melodies, discordance brushing up against infectious majesty, all set to some of Albarn’s most arresting vocal performances to date. Much like the beauty and chaos of the natural world it soundtracks, The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows vividly documents the emotional ebb and flow of the human condition, in all its extremes, serving as a soul-enriching document for our times.