The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows' was originally intended as an orchestral piece inspired by the landscapes of Iceland. This last year has seen Albarn return to the music in lockdown and develop the work to eleven tracks which further explore themes of fragility, loss, emergence and rebirth. The result is a panoramic collection of songs with Albarn as storyteller. The album title is taken from a John Clare poem Love and Memory. This deluxe edition comes in a casebound book with additional photography, original scanned lyrics and artwork from Damon, alongside a clear vinyl version of the album, a high quality digital file and a bonus 7-inch featuring an exclusive song from the recording sessions.
Track Listing: 1. The Nearer the Fountain the More Pure the Stream Flows - Damon Albarn 2. The Cormorant - Damon Albarn 3. Royal Morning Blue - Damon Albarn 4. Combustion - Damon Albarn 5. Daft Wader - Damon Albarn 6. Darkness to Light - Damon Albarn 7. Esja - Damon Albarn 8. The Tower of Montevideo - Damon Albarn 9. Giraffe Trumpet Sea - Damon Albarn 10. Polaris - Damon Albarn 11. Particles - Damon Albarn