Single Review: The Pink Phantom // Gorillaz ft. Elton John & 6LACK

Episode seven of Gorillaz’s Song Machine is an especially dreamlike slice of heaven, thanks in no small part to the involvement of Elton John. The electro soundscape that Gorillaz have come to practically master over the course of their two-decade existence is paired up not only with John’s softer, more piano-driven contribution, but with intermittent verses from 6LACK. John’s more calming style never quite sits right next to 6LACK’s lyrics, a jarring sensation perhaps proving inevitable, but such is the compositional majesty of Damon Albarn’s band that it proves little more than a fleeting distraction. 

There is a wonderful, escapist quality to ‘The Pink Phantom’ that truly moves past some of the more realist undertones Gorillaz brought to the fore with Humanz in 2017. At times it is almost ghostly, but also mellow – the kind of track that you love to just sink into as the synth and piano chords whisk you away.

Words by James Hanton


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