Blur released a pair of brand new songs via Twitter this week, written especially for their 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony performance at Hyde Park, marking their first new material since the 2010 Record Store Day single ‘Fool’s Day‘. The first track is an aching, Bowie-esque ballad titled ‘Under the Westway’, while the second, ‘The Puritan’, is an exuberant sing-along that will induce warm Britpop nostalgia. Both songs were performed via live webcast (which you can watch below), and will be available for download on iTunes and as a limited edition double-A-side 7″ (released August 6). The group is obviously in fine form here, and no matter how hopeless it is, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon stay friendly long enough to record a long-overdue new album together this year and treat us to an international tour.
Listen to ‘Under the Westway’ and ‘The Puritan’ below (via Stereogum).
Watch Blur perform ‘Under the Westway’ and ‘The Puritan’ below.
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