Virtual band Gorillaz (helmed by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett) have been busy working on their brand new studio album, which was originally slated for a 2016 release.

However, band animator Hewlett has now told one fan that the record “can’t be rushed” and will come out in 2017. Check out the explanatory Instagram post below.

WE GOT JAMIE NEWS! This here is HIM and our friend Linda. JAMIE says new GORILLAZ is special, really fuckin special. Can’t be rushed. 2017, yo. Fuck. So, guys, that Gorilla Fund, we got time. Go shop, take vacation, that shit aint happening this year. BUT its gonna be all that and more. And….Jamie follows us. So….you got something to say to him and don’t wanna get yelled at on his IG by his very serious followers, say it here! HE IS HERE. Watching, reading and digging it. He loves this account and appreciates our repping. #JamieHewlett #JamieSaid #ThoseWords #FuckinAye #Gorillaz #Gorillaz2017 #ThisIsNotOurFace #WeTookThePic #HalfOfUsWasThere #OtherHalfInMontreal #Explanations #DidWeMention #JamieWasMadCool #Animated #Friendly #GangstaToo #HisShow #HisArt #SoCool #Go #IfYouCan

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Gorillaz 
last released an album in 2011, when Damon Albarn and his touring band at the time recorded The Fall on iPad’s across the United States. Watch the video for Phoner to Arizona below.