A breather: The new Gorillaz album, Demon Days, is pretty damn happening by the way. Better than I was expecting. Tha album’s subtext is suitably unsure about the world that we now occupy, but it doesn’t squander its ability to rock and groove (“Kids with Guns” and “Dare” are standout tracks) or use aural experimentalism to suggest larger issues (the opening of “O Green World” sounds like there are wild beasts caught within a machine). There’s even a cameo appearance by Dennis Hopper. The tone reminds me very much of Sly and the Family Stone’s There’s a Riot Goin’ On.