Aries (song)

"Aries" is a song by British virtual band Gorillaz featuring drummer Georgia and bassist Peter Hook of the bands Joy Division and New Order. The track was released on 9 April 2020 as the third single for Gorillaz' seventh studio album, Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez. It is part of the Song Machine project, a web series involving the ongoing release of various Gorillaz singles and music videos featuring different guest musicians over the course of 2020.[6]

"Aries"
Aries single cover.jpg
Single by Gorillaz featuring Peter Hook and Georgia
from the album Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez
Released9 April 2020 (2020-04-09)
Recorded2019
StudioStudio 13
Genre
Length4:13
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Gorillaz singles chronology
"Désolé"
(2020)
"Aries"
(2020)
"How Far?"
(2020)
Peter Hook singles chronology
"Aries"
(2020)
Georgia singles chronology
"24 Hours"
(2020)
"Aries"
(2020)
Music video
"Aries" on YouTube

Music videoEdit

The video, directed by Jamie Hewlett and Tim McCourt, features the band members driving vehicles across a highway landscape. 2-D and Murdoc are riding together on a motorcycle, followed by Noodle in a dune buggy (where just prior she is texting someone about 2-D's whereabouts and has grown concerned for him) and finally Russel in a golf kart. Near the end of the video all four of them ride up close to one another. As 2-D continues to sing, Murdoc pulls out a syringe and smiles in a sinister fashion.

On 4 September 2020, Gorillaz released an online driving game based on Aries on their website.[7]

TracklistEdit

No.TitleLyricsProducersLength
1."Machine Bitez #6" (with 2-D, Murdoc and Russel)  0:55
2."Aries" (featuring Peter Hook and Georgia)4:13
3."Machine Bitez #7" (with 2-D, Noodle, Murdoc and Russel)  0:35
Total length:5:43

PersonnelEdit

Gorillaz

Additional musicians and personnel

  • Peter Hook – bass
  • Georgia – drums, percussion
  • John Davis – mastering engineer
  • P2J – drum programming
  • James Ford – synthesizers, live drums, percussion, drum programming
  • Stephen Sedgwick – mixing engineer, engineering
  • Samuel Egglenton – engineering

ChartsEdit

Chart (2020) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[8] 42
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ)[9] 29

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Leas, Ryan (9 April 2020). "Gorillaz – "Aries" (Feat. Peter Hook & Georgia)". StereoGum. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  2. ^ Morse, Ryan (9 April 2020). "The UK animated electronic band teams up with Peter Hook and Georgia on the new track, "Aries"". Conscious Electronic. Retrieved 29 April 2020.
  3. ^ Schatz, Lake (9 April 2020). "Gorillaz and Peter Hook Go for a Ride on New Single "Aries": Stream". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 29 April 2020.
  4. ^ Beamish, Ben (16 April 2020). "Gorillaz Enlist Peter Hook And Georgia For New Cut "Aries"". Cultr. Retrieved 24 October 2020.
  5. ^ Meadow, Matthew (11 April 2020). "Gorillaz Release Latest In Song Machine Series, "Aries" with Peter Hook & Georgia". Youredm. Retrieved 10 December 2020.
  6. ^ Blistein, Jon (29 January 2020). "Gorillaz Detail New Music, Video Series 'Song Machine'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  7. ^ "Aries driving game by Gorillaz". 4 December 2020.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Gorillaz – Aries" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  9. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 20 April 2020. Retrieved 18 April 2020.