Jonny Greenwood gives new Radiohead album update

The guitarist says the band are in the studio 'in periods' and currently reworking 1996 track 'Lift'

Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood has commented on the band’s progress with their new album.

Greenwood confirmed that the band are working in the studio “in periods” and that restarting the process “took a lot of time.”

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Radiohead’s ninth album, the as yet untitled follow-up to 2012’s ‘King of Limbs’, was discussed in an interview with Dutch music website 3voor12.

As reported by Consequence of Sound, the interview has since been translated by the Radiohead community on Reddit.

“We didn’t do anything together for too long, so restarting took a lot of time,” Greenwood said. “We’re working in periods now. This afternoon, Thom and I will work on a song we started yesterday, see what it will lead to.”

He went on to reveal that they were re-visiting 1996 track ‘Lift’.

“What people don’t know is that there’s a very old song on each album, like ‘Nude’ on ‘In Rainbows’. We never found the right arrangement for that, until then. ‘Lift’ is just like that. When the idea is right, it stays right. It doesn’t really matter in which form.”

Radiohead have been working on their ninth album since the start of the year. In February, Greenwood told the Sunday Times that they had “changed their method” and had been recording for “a couple of months.”


“We’ve certainly changed our method again. It’s too involved [to explain how],” Greenwood said. “We’re kind of limiting ourselves; working in limits. So we’ll see what happens. It’s like we’re trying to use very old and very new technology together to see what happens.”

Last week (June 8), Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke announced his first show in support of last year’s solo album ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’.

Yorke will play Tokyo’s Summersonic Festival on August 15 and will perform at the Hostess Club’s all-nighter. The news was confirmed by Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich on Twitter.

Yorke also recently recorded an 18-day soundtrack to a new art exhibition by Radiohead visual artist Stanley Donwood.

Yorke’s ambient soundtrack, ‘Subterranea’, features 18 days’ worth of original material, according to a press release quoted by Triple J. There are no plans for an official release, but the soundtrack is audible in a preview here.