The unbearable lightness of waiting for a new Massive Attack LP has come to a halt. The band announced through their official website that February 8th 2010 is the date when the abstinence ceases. Except for the four track EP Splitting the Atom, released this fall, it has been seven years since a full MA studio album pleased our trip hop senses.
The new album, Heligoland (it’s still unclear whether the boys are fans of Shena Mackay or of geography), will feature guest vocalists on most of the tracks and the these guests are all ‘cat’s meow’ material. Damon Albarn finds one more project to attach his name to, as well as Elbow’s Guy Garvey. A bit of yankee edge is provided by TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe. On the female side, you have tour buddy Martina Topley-Bird and also the wonderful voice of Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star fame. Old friend, Horace Andy is not forgotten either — he contributes to two tracks, including first single, Splitting the Atom. Check the band’s official site for complete tracklisting and artwork.
P.S. This picture is not the cover, but one fascinating painting by Robert del Naja.