With a live streaming Twitter premier this past Monday, Blur unveiled two newly recorded songs, which will be featured on a limited 7″ single due out in August. Both tracks are available now on iTunes. The songs are set to promote the band’s appearance at the closing ceremony for the Olympic games on August 12. Prior to that Blur will embark on a low-key UK tour to warm up for the grandiosity of an Olympic themed-event. Also, not without coincidence, the band will release a career-spanning box set on July 30, entitled 21, which, according to NME, will include “the band’s seven studio albums as well as over five hours of previously unreleased material including 65 tracks, rarities, three DVDs, a collector’s edition book and special limited edition Seymour seven-inch vinyl.” A vinyl version of the set will also be available.
The video for “Under the Westway” is a simple, straightforward in-studio shoot of the band recording, focused and grim-faced. New album rumors are once again swirling.