Gorillaz, the cartoon brainchild of Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, are set to release a brand new studio album in 2016. This follows months of speculation and teasing from both instrumentalist Albarn and cartoonist Hewlett.

Gorillaz’s last record was 2011′s less successful The Fall, which Albarn recorded by himself on tour on an iPad. Gorillaz’s real success stories came from the two records which preceded The Fall – Plastic Beach and Demon Days. 

Now, band cartoonist Jamie Hewlett has confirmed that Albarn is hard at work on the fifth Gorillaz record, and that it will be released in 2016. Hewlett said the following about the artistic process: “That’s [due]next year. I’m working on it at the moment, and it’s going very well,“ continuing, “I’m very excited. I don’t want to say too much about it, but I’m at that phase of experimentation.”

This follows news that the band went on hiatus until the foreseeable future some years back. Whether or not Albarn will tour the new album extensively again remains to be seen, although considering Albarn’s current album cycle it wouldn’t be a surprise.

Listen to Gorillaz’s full singles collection here.