• Brandon Glover

Song Review: 'Désolé' by Gorillaz

Gorillaz is a band that was started in the U.K. by former Blur lead singer Damon Albarn with Jamie Hewlett. Gorillaz is a mainly animated band, and despite it really having two members, animation provides that there are four members: 2D, Murdoc, Noodle, and Russel.


Gorillaz has a very interesting style of music. The band, when it started in 1999 with their debut song "Clint Eastwood," primarily focused on alternative rock. Ever since the album "Demon Days," their most famous album, they have started to dip into other styles of music.


Even though some people may have never heard of them, Gorillaz have collaborated with many famous music artists such as Snoop Dogg, Popcaan, and Jack Black. In their newest song, however, they collaborate with African artist Fatoumata Diawara, who lived most of her life in France. As a result, most of this song is in French. The name of the song actually translates to "Sorry," according to Translate. Translate is the primary source for translating the French in this song.


"Désolé" is the second song of Gorillaz new album, "Song Machine." As previously mentioned, a large portion of this song is in French. What I found interesting however, is that the song in the video is much longer than the actual song. The actual song is roughly three minutes long, while the video is twice that length.


The video starts out with the band's bassist, Murdoc, coming out of an equipment case. He then stumbles down the stairs. He then finds the band's lead singer, 2D walking through a door. On the other side of that door is a dock in France. Following this are various shots of 2D with Damon Albarn and Fatoumata Diawara riding on a boat in France, with an almost distorted sky. Throughout the video, the sky has various monsters appear in the background.


After a bit of singing, it cuts to other members of the band. Noodle, the guitarist, is putting on massive Godzilla-like gloves and the drummer, Russel, is playing the drums with carrots instead of drumsticks. During the song it cuts to Fatoumata Diawara during the actual recording session, showing her smiling and having fun. This seems to be a theme Song Machine.


The video continues in this manner for pretty much the whole video, except the end where Murdoc gets back in the box.


According to the translated lyrics, this song is about trying to apologize, but also trying to let go. There are various lyrics that perpetuate this. One great example are the lyrics "Désolé, désolé, try to hold on to you," which are immediately followed by "Désolé, désolé, but dear, I don't wanna die. Désolé, I'm gonna have my lamé." "Lamé" translates to blade or sword in English. At the end of the song, they both repeat "Désolé, the day I left, the day I left, ah."


Personally, I love this song. Not only is it really chill, but really catchy. You can hear the melancholic tone in the guitar, and you can hear the subtle undertone that evreything might turn out okay. Another thing I love about this song is that Fatoumata Diawara and Damon Albarn clearly had a lot of fun making it.


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