Damon Albarn: The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows

On November 12, 2021, “Transgressive Records” label released “The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows”, the second Damon Albarn studio album. It was recorded in 2021, at “Studio 13” in London, “Staðahverfi” in Reykjavík, “Studio 13” in Devon, and was produced by Damon Albarn.

Personnel:
• Damon Albarn – acoustic guitar, Elka Space Organ, piano, Wurlitzer, bass guitar, Hammond S100, monochord, drums, Farfisa organ, harmonium, bells, slate marimba, Rhodes Chroma, iPad strings
• Simon Tong – acoustic and electric guitar, drums
• Mike Smith – Elka Space Organ, harmonium, saxophone, Farfisa
• Samuel Egglenton – bass guitar, drum programming
• Caimin Gilmore – double bass
• Laura Nygren – double bass
• Romain Bly – French horn, slate marimba
• Rakel Björn Helgadóttir – French horn
• Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir – French horn
• Sigrún Jónsdóttir – trombone
• Sigrún Kristbjörg Jónsdóttir – trombone
• André de Ridder – violin
• Alexina Hawkins – viola
• Shelley Sörensen – viola
• Josephine Stephenson – vocals, cello
• Árni Benediktsson – field recordings
• Carol Jarvis – bass trombone
• Einar Örn Benediktsson – Snapchat
• Samuel Egglenton – engineer, additional production
• Stephen Sedgwick – mixing
• John Davis – mastering
• OK-RM – design, art direction
• Márton Perlaki – photography
Track listing:

  1. The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows – Damon Albarn, Andre de Ridder, Simon Tong
  2. The Cormorant – Damon Albarn, Simon Tong
  3. Royal Morning Blue – Damon Albarn, Simon Tong
  4. Combustion – Damon Albarn, Mike Smith. Simon Tong
  5. Daft Wader – Damon Albarn, Simon Tong
  6. Darkness to Light – Damon Albarn, Simon Tong
  7. Esja – Damon Albarn, André de Ridder, Simon Tong
  8. The Tower of Montevideo – Damon Albarn, Mike Smith, Simon Tong
  9. Giraffe Trumpet Sea – Damon Albarn
  10. Polaris – Damon Albarn, Mike Smith, Simon Tong
  11. Particles – Damon Albarn

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