Guitarist plays track at Wapping Hydraulic Power Station show
Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood has debuted a new solo track titled ‘Loop’ – click below to watch.
Greenwood performed the song at a show at Wapping Hydraulic Power Station yesterday evening (February 23), for which he was joined by London Contemporary Orchestra soloists. Speaking to NME before the performance took place, the composer had promised he would play snatches of new material in addition to cuts from his soundtracks for films such as The Master and There Will Be Blood.
In the interview, which you can read in full by clicking here, Greenwood was also asked about the challenges facing guitars players in 2014. “Guitar bands forming now are often playing the instruments of their grandparents’ generation – and often in the same style,” he commented. “The Beatles didn’t pick up banjos when they started, after all…”.
He added: “I guess, looked at in the right way, things like 808 drum machines are now very old, but still ubiquitous. So maybe it’s better to think of all these things as being as current – or as retro – as anything else. I enjoy there being lots of technology to play with, however old it is.”
It was recently revealed that Greenwood will score the soundtrack to the new Thomas Anderson film, Inherent Vice. The guitarist worked on the music for the director’s last two films – There Will Be Blood and The Master – and has now signed up to write the score for the upcoming crime movie, with London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Next month (March 3), Greenwood will release a split album of orchestral compositions with The National‘s Bryce Dessner. The LP, entitled ‘St. Carolyn by the Sea’/’Suite From There Will Be Blood’ will feature Dessner’s 2011 work ‘St. Carolyn by the Sea’ – on which Dessner’s brother, The National’s Aaron Dessner plays electric guitar – 2012’s ‘Lachrimae’ and 2007’s ‘Raphael’ alongside Greenwood’s There Will Be Blood score.