Famed British music outfit Gorillaz has given fans a Christmas gift: a free album, recorded entirely on an Apple iPad. Since December 25, the release, The Fall, has been streaming live on the band's website.
Frontman Damon Albarn said he created the album on an iPad, rather than a mixing board and high-end recording equipment. He posted the list of apps he used in the album's creation, all downloaded from Apple's App Store: Speak It!, SoundyThingie, Mugician, Solo Synth, Synth, Funk Box, Gliss, AmpliTube, Xenon, and iElectribe, among many more.
The Fall boasts 15 news songs from the band, including the tracks "Phoner to Arizona," "Hillbilly Man," and "Revolving Doors."
Albarn created the Gorillaz with cartoonist Jamie Hewlitt and is the only member of the band to have been involved on each of the group's albums. Other band members change frequently, depending on the album or live concert. At live shows, musicians play in the shadows while images of animated characters, devised by Hewlitt, appear on giant video screens.
Gorillaz's latest release comes on the heels of their third studio album, Plastic Beach, which was released in March 2010 and reached number one in Denmark, Austria, Australia, and Belgium, and debuted at number two in the US and UK. As of November 2010, Plastic Beach has sold just over 1 million albums worldwide.
The Fall is available for streaming on the Gorillaz website, but if you want to download it for free, you'll need to sign up for their fan club.
Watch Gorillaz' new clip for "Phoner to Arizona": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAeUwuUGSaM&featureReuse content