The latest track to be dropped by the Gorillaz, Let Me Out – following the release of the four other tracks from their upcoming album – is a hard faced solid song, with racism in America at its bones.
The track is just as electrically infused as Andromeda and Saturnz Barz; however, at a slower pace, the song captures the listener into a gentle head bob throughout the tune. It could be easy to get lost in the gentle lullaby beat, if it were not for the bare faced, honest lyrics, courtesy of Pusha T: “Tell me there’s a chance for me to make it off the streets, tell me that I won’t die at the hands of the police, promise me I won’t outlive my nephew and my niece,” these lyrics, confronting the issue and throwing no punches, creates an almost electro-protest vibe to the song, like a space age Billy Bragg.
The song is set up with the narrative of the two featuring artists Pusha T and Mavis Staples with the former referring to Mavis as “Mama Mavis”. As the song goes on it gets more and more revolutionary almost, creating easily the most lyrically rewarding of the Gorillaz new tracks, sacrificing the dance beat and fun for thoughtfulness.
Towards the end of the song, the song almost calls for taking one’s defence into their own hands, “Tell me there’s a heaven in the sky where there is peace, but until then I’ll keep my piece at arm’s reach,” this lyric, being at the end of a verse does create a punchiness, which is not lost on the remainder of the track.
Overall, after the four previously released from the imminent release of Humanz, which wet the appetites of many for more Gorrilaz the release of Let Me Out has done nothing more than set the charges finally, and if the album continues on the path the singles have drawn out, Humanz is already a strong contender for album of the year.