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Gorillaz, ‘The Valley of the Pagans’
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Gorillaz and Beck take a joyride in a video for ‘The Valley of the Pagans’

The new Song Machine visuals take the band to the virtual world of Grand Theft Auto

Gorillaz have released the latest installment of their Song Machine series: a music video for the Beck-featuring track “The Valley of the Pagans”.

The visuals see the virtual band transplanted into the video game world of Grand Theft Auto – specifically the game’s take on Hollywood, or “Vinewood” – to cruise around the city and watch their wanted level rise. Beck, meanwhile, makes an appearance via the in-game phone, popping up onscreen to deliver his verses.

The new video for “The Valley of the Pagans” isn’t the first time Gorillaz have appeared inside a video game to promote the track, though. Last month, they performed the collaboration during an appearance on an Animal Crossing talk show, which also saw creators Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett discuss the project as a whole.

Besides Beck, Song Machine Season One: Strange Timez has seen the band link up with artists including slowthai, Skepta, JPEGMAFIA, St Vincent, Elton John, and the late Tony Allen. Season two is also apparently in the works, alongside a long-awaited animated film, which Albarn has described as “kind of abstract”.

Watch the new video for “The Valley of the Pagans” below.