The Valley of the Pagans

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"The Valley of the Pagans"
The Valley of the Pagans by Gorillaz.png
Single by Gorillaz featuring Beck
from the album Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez
Released5 November 2020
Recorded2020
StudioDamon Albarn's home studio, Devon, England
Genre
Length3:01
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Gorillaz singles chronology
"The Pink Phantom"
(2020)
"The Valley of the Pagans"
(2020)
Beck singles chronology
"No Distraction (Khruangbin Remix)"
(2020)
"The Valley of the Pagans"
(2020)

"The Valley of the Pagans" is a song by British virtual band Gorillaz featuring Beck. The track was released on 5 November 2020 as the ninth and final single for Gorillaz' seventh studio album, Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez, and the eighth episode of the Song Machine project, a web series which involves the ongoing release of various Gorillaz tracks featuring different guest musicians over the course of 2020.

Background[edit]

The demo version of the song, titled "West Hollywood", was leaked on 2 August 2020. It was recorded at Damon Albarn's home studio in Devon, England in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Music video[edit]

The video, directed by Jamie Hewlett, Tim McCourt, and Max Taylor, opens up in the Kong Studios garage where Noodle is driving a similar car from the "Stylo" music video, but a portal opens up behind them and Noodle backs up into it. The portal transports the band into Grand Theft Auto V where Noodle speeds down various streets in the game. Beck appears in a smartphone seen on the bottom right of the screen and 2-D is shown talking to him in the back seat of the car. The video ends with the band driving through another portal that sends the car crashing into the ocean at Point Nemo, where Plastic Beach remains.

The music video on the band's YouTube page was taken down five days after it premiered. An alternative version of the video without the Grand Theft Auto V footage was uploaded in its place on 9 March 2021.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)ProducersLength
1."The Valley of the Pagans" (featuring Beck)
3:01
2."Machine Bitez #17" (with 2-D, Murdoc, Russel and Noodle)  0:36
3."Machine Bitez #18" (with 2-D, Murdoc, Russel and Noodle)  0:36
Total length:4:13

Personnel[edit]

Gorillaz

Additional musicians and personnel

  • Beck – vocals
  • Rudy Albarn – drums, percussion
  • David Greenbaum – engineering
  • Dylan Herman – engineering
  • Stephen Sedgwick – mixing engineer, engineering
  • Samuel Egglenton – engineering
  • John Davis – mastering engineer

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Gorillaz unleash 'Song Machine'". Antelope Valley Press.
  2. ^ a b Dhindsa, Jasleen (29 October 2020). "Gorillaz - Sound Machine: Season One - Strange Timez EP". Dork. Retrieved 4 November 2020.
  3. ^ Kerwick, Sean (23 October 2020). "Album Review GORILLAZ - SONG MACHINE: SEASON ONE - STRANGE TIMEZ". DIY. Retrieved 4 November 2020.