Ed O’Brien of Radiohead has been talking about doing a solo album for a couple of years, and now it’s finished — and he hopes to have it out in September.
O’Brien tells That Pedal Show he wouldn’t have done the project without encouragement from U2 and Depeche Mode collaborator Flood, who worked with him after hearing some of the initial demos. The band backing O’Brien includes Peter Gabriel and Sting drummer Omar Hakim, Eric Clapton bassist Nathan East and The Invisible guitarist Dave Okumu.
O’Brien is putting together a different band to tour behind the album, and when asked how his solo work compares to Radiohead’s, 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 color.”