Hallelujah Money marks the politically-charged return of everyone’s favourite primates. Following on from Damon Albarn’s impassioned claim at Glastonbury that “democracy has failed us” in the wake of Brexit, this offering from Gorillaz takes a timely swipe at president-elect Donald Trump, prior to his inauguration.
Featuring the immensely talented Mercury Prize winner Benjamin Clementine, Hallelujah Money is an ethereally twisted take on the current political climate around the world, with the lines “Scarecrows from the far east / Come to eat / Its tender fruits / And I thought the best way to perfect our tree / Is by building walls,” a direct swipe at Trump’s xenophobic nature.
While the music video poignantly depicts Clementine singing from Trump Tower itself, images of the La Candelaria brotherhood are striking, with their devoutly peaceful religious practices tainted by obvious comparisons to the Ku Klux Klan in appearance.
Hallelujah Money is interestingly not going to feature on Albarn’s upcoming fifth studio album, but it is a tantalising glimpse at Gorillaz rejecting evolution for revolution.
Words by Jonno Mack