Damon Albarn moves in an exciting, evocative new direction on this latest, The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows . Inspired by his new home in Iceland as well as by a book of poetry by John Clare he received from his mother, the album feels intimate and romantic, sourcing artistic vibes from inner as well as outer vistas. The orchestration is both epic and extraordinarily human, with lush strings, delicate bells, heady brass, and richly-voiced organ. There's a sense of coming in from the cold, of looking back on something lost, made all the more beautiful because of its temporality. An excellent album that reveals more and more of itself with each listen.