Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien hopes to release debut solo album later this year

The guitarist has also said he intends to tour the record

Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien has revealed he hopes to release his debut solo album later this year.

The guitarist initially announced he was working on his own record back in 2016, saying at the time he wanted to release it by the end of 2018 or start of 2019.

In a recent appearance on That Pedal Show, he now said he was looking to put out the as-yet-untitled album in September 2019.


Going into detail about the album so far, he said he had been working with producers Flood (U2, PJ Harvey) and Catherine Marks (Wolf Alice, The Big Moon). A studio band will appear on the LP, including The Invisible’s Dave Okumu, bassist Nathan East, and drummer Omar Hakim, who previously appeared on David Bowie’s ‘Let’s Dance’. More guests will also feature, while O’Brien will sing and play acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and bass.

Speaking about how the album compares to Radiohead, he said: “You’ll make a little connection. There will be textures. There’s quite a lot of depth it. It’s a little bit magical realist, slightly psychedelic, a lot of colour.” O’Brien added that he had been inspired by attending Carnival while he was living in Brazil.

Currently, the album is without a label to release it on, which the guitarist is looking to sort now. He is also planning to tour the record and is in the process of putting a band together with a “funk and jazz focus”.

You can watch O’Brien’s full appearance on That Pedal Show above.


Meanwhile, his Radiohead bandmate Thom Yorke is also working on a new solo album. In October 2018, the band’s frontman revealed his new music was taking a “politically charged” form.

“I didn’t have the wish to make politically charged music, but everything I do goes that way anyways,” Yorke said in an interview. “I’m trying to finish a record with Nigel [Godrich] and it’s going that way. It’s something that’s always there.”

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