How English do you feel right now? Even if you’re scarfing down bangers and mash while sucking down a pint of cask ale and watching cricket, you could probably use just a dash more Britishness in your day.
Luckily, Damon Albarn is happy to oblige. After years of not being together, months of speculation, a handful of actual reunion dates, and at least one vow to bury the band forever, Albarn and his Blur cohorts have released a pair of new songs put together in honor of the 2012 London Olympics. Unlike the near-disaster that is that official Muse tune, Blur’s tracks are far less bombastic (though it’s hard to imagine using them as a soundtrack to a steeplechase).
For those of you who miss the reflective side of Blur, there’s “Under the Westway” (a song that has been knocked around live for a while). Feeling slightly bouncier and in a synth frame of mind? Try “The Puritan” on for size. They’re both available in all their lyric video glory below.