Blur have played two new songs live tonight (2 July) via their Twitter account, @blurofficial - listen to the recorded versions of both tracks below now.
The two songs, Under The Westway - which Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon performed at War Child's Brits gig earlier this year - and The Puritan, are the band's first new material since 2010 Record Store Day release Fool's Day.
Speaking about the latter track, frontman Damon Albarn told Zane Lowe on Radio 1 that the single was inspired by the band's experiences playing this year's Brit Awards, where the group picked up the lifetime achievement award.
"It talks about smoke and mirrors, maybe I felt a bit like that after the Brits. We were just ourselves there and the whole TV thing was anti the self... I realised we don't fit in there," he explained, before the DJ teased him about whether or not the band would record another album.
Admitting he was "contrary" having previously suggested the band were finished ahead of recording the two new songs, Albarn indicated that another Blur LP was possible but would not happen for a while.
"You can't feel self-conscious about it," he said of recording an album. "When it feels good we'll do it. It just has to feel natural."
Both tracks air this evening are now due to be released as a limited edition seven-inch single on 6 August, ahead of the band's show at London's Hyde Park on 12 August to mark the end of the London Olympics.
For more head to Blur.co.uk.
7:44 PM | 02/07/2012
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