by Jared Moser
Previously releasing “Momentary Bliss (feat. slowthai and Slaves) and four other 30 to 60 second interludes called “Machine Bitez,” Gorillaz released episode two of Song Machine, “Désolé (feat. Fatoumata Diawara),” a calm and groovy piece that was put together and produced flawlessly.
The song kicks off with a soft kick drums and snare beat that got me sucked in right away. A relaxing tropical guitar and bass line follows, sliding right on top of the drums, and it sounds gorgeous. When the vocals come in, the guitar drops, but thanks to outstanding production, the song doesn’t feel empty at all. Finally, a keyboard sweeps across the canvas, completing an image of paradise. I don’t know if you can tell, but I really like this song!
2-D (Damon Albarn) and Malian singer-songwriter Fatoumata Diawara give an empty apology, singing “Désolé,” meaning “sorry.” 2-D sings lyrics such as “I’m a long way from land…I don’t know what to do…try to hold on to you.” Diawara responds with “compliqué,” translating to “it’s complicated.” This conversation about a broken relationship trying to piece itself back together is represented by a boat in the video, leaving the dock with no place to go other than right back where it started.
In the last leg of the song, chiming piano and symphonic horns get added to the guitar, bass, keyboard, and drums. With a minute left on the track, everything comes in at once with Diawara providing powerful vocals, leaving the calm song with a so much flavor and aftertaste.
“Désolé (feat. Fatoumata Diawara)” is soulful and sad, but still optimistic, and obviously doesn’t fail to present all of the Gorillaz flare we know and love. One of the most exciting things about this track is that it doesn’t sound anything like episode one, “Monetary Bliss (feat slowthai and Slaves),” which was also a fantastic song. Going from heavy psychedelic punk to a calm breeze in paradise with a hint of regret and uncertainty, this is an amazing addition to Song Machine, only building up the hype for the rest of the series even more.
Check out the video for “Désolé (feat. Fatoumata Diawara)” here: