The Good, The Bad & The Queen have unexpectedly re-emerged, and will be releasing a new album next month. The act, comprising Damon Albarn, Paul Simonon, Tony Allen and Simon Tong, has revealed that they'll be following up their beloved 2007 self-titled album with a new record called Merrie Land, due November 16th. Given Albarn's recent output and touring with Gorillaz, it's hard to imagine when he had time to work on The Good, The Bad & The Queen, but given the state of the ongoing EU debacle, it seems they were inspired.

Today they have shared 'Merrie Land', the title track from the album, along with its haunting video. The track is a slow-burning and spine-tingling affair, recapturing the picturesque sounds of their debut to create a rich but grayscale scene. The song floats in on fluffy synths, set off by sparkling guitar effects, before Albarn begins his contemplative sing-speaking, guiding us deep into his vision of 'Merrie Land'. Mournful violins sweep into the track and embed themselves into it by carefully entwining with the synths in an elegant arrangement that befits the grandiose sadness that Albarn is conjuring at the centre of it all. The Good, The Bad & The Queen have resurfaced in just the right way to capture the demure and unsettled spirit of the times - after all, they've been living with us through it all.

Watch and listen to 'Merrie Land' below.

The Good, The Bad & The Queen will be releasing Merrie Land on November 16th through their own Studio 13 label. They'll be following that up quickly with some sure-to-be-sold-out gigs at these dates:

Dec 1st – The North Pier, Blackpool - tickets
Dec 2nd – SWG3, Glasgow - tickets
Dec 4th – Hackney Arts Centre, London - tickets
Dec 5th – Hackney Arts Centre, London - tickets
Dec 6th - Hackney Arts Centre, London - tickets