A new Gorillaz album may be released before Christmas, according to Damon Albarn, who says he recorded the album on his iPad, “in hotel rooms across America”.

Albarn said in an interview with NME that he hoped the Gorillaz record would be the first made on an iPad. “I fell in love with my iPad as soon as I got it, so I’ve made a completely different kind of record,” he said.

Utilizing the iPad for the next record is something that probably still surprises Albarn, who certainly wouldn’t describe himself as the techie-type.

“It’s ironic, being the sort of technophobe and Luddite that I am,” he said.

Albarn doesn’t get specific about ‘how’ he recorded the music on the iPad, but the endeavor is turning into quite a creative strike by the Blur frontman.

I wonder if Steve Jobs is asking for Albarn’s phone number.

The Gorillaz ‘iPad’ album will be the follow-up to this year’s Plastic Beach.

Albarn is also working on a new project with Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and Afrobeat legend Tony Allen.

Then there’s yet another project, a ‘secret’ project no less, that the hard-working Albarn describes as “a subject that’s really close to my heart.”

But that’s where the info stops. “I’m not telling you what it is,” Albarn exclaimed.

With a new album hopefully dropping by the holidays, Gorillaz continue touring, having just wrapped their first US tour in about a decade, working with all sorts of cool friends and collaborators.

“Everyone gets on really well, which is ridiculous really, if you think about the logistics,” Albarn said.

“Lou Reed and Kano and Bashy and Bobby Womack all hanging out together.”

Lou Reed chillin’ with Bobby Womack. Nice.

Gorillaz are currently on tour in the UK – they play Manchester’s MEN Arena tonight (Nov. 12).