British singer and songwriter Damon Albarn has been many things over the years, though “dedicated” is perhaps the best way to describe his hard to predict but always intensely thorough immersion into whatever mode, mood, or aesthetic strikes his current fancy. Whether turning Brit rock traditionalism on its head with Blur or melding the disparate universes of pop, electronic, hip-hop, and world music styles as the real life counterpart to his Jamie Hewlett created cartoon alter ego, Albarn certainly knows how to take an idea and really run with it. Which is why it should come as no surprise that Gorillaz’ new album The Fall—recorded with iPad applications during the group’s American tour this autumn—took an untraditional approach and, appropriately, resulted in fifteen very untraditional tracks. You’ll have to dig very deep through this record to find traces of Plastic Beach’s immense, vastly produced sound—the largely instrumental song cycle certainly feels homemade, but not in a lo-fi or crude sort of way. The Fall is filled with creeping synths, ambient textures, and other pieced together sonic elements that make for one Frankenstein’s monster of a “pop” record.