Ed O’Brien has been working long and hard on a brand new album, and now the wait is finally over. O’Brien officially announced the news of his debut solo album in a lengthy post to Facebook.
According to the guitarist, a new single called ‘Brasil’ will arrive this week on December 5th. It will be followed by another track in “earlyish 2020” and then the actual album shortly after that.
O’Brien’s note revealed that the as-yet-untitled LP will feature special contributions from Glenn Kotche of Wilco, Portishead’s own Adrian Utley, Laura Marling, and fellow Radiohead member Colin Greenwood.
The forthcoming album began to come together following Radiohead’s 2012 King of Limbs tour, when O’Brien and his family moved to Brazil. He explained,
“We had a truly profound experience living in that extraordinary country…. Made new connections with people and places… And happened to go to Carnaval in Rio in 2013… Truly the greatest show on Earth… An explosion of light, melody, rhythm and love… For me, one of those musical eureka moments…. As our time out there came to an end, we headed home and I found myself intuitively heading for the Welsh Hills. With a copy of Walt Whitman’s ‘Leaves of Grass’, a couple of guitars, an amp, and some pedals (of course), I rented a cottage in the Cambrian Mountains and the songs that make up the album started to flow out…”
O’Brien said the new full-length was recorded Fall 2017, but only was finally completed earlier this year. “It’s been an amazing journey, gathering all these great musicians, sound engineers and producers together,” the Radiohead rocker reflected on the studio process. “Not always easy and definitely not without its challenges… But that feels like the right and only place to be…”
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Radiohead’s last full-length album, A Moon Shaped Pool, was released in 2016. Frontman Thom Yorke released his newest solo record, ANIMA, this past July.