Radiohead new album near completion, “best record” they’ve “ever made,” might be released this year

Radiohead new album near completion, "best record" they've "ever made," might be released this year

Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien was a guest on Adam Buxton’s show on BBC 6 Music today (via AtEase), claiming that the group’s new album — their eighth full-length — is “the best record [they’ve] ever made.” (Guess we don’t have to review it!) According to O’Brien: “We’re in the heart of the record. It’s genuinely exciting. It’s very different from what we did last time. It’s really nice to be doing this. It’s so good to be making music with the band that you feel is still as good as it’s ever been.”

But when is it coming out? “No, ideally it would be great if it came out sometime this year. It has got to. I hope so. We’re at the finishing line. When you’re making a record, a film, write a book for ages and ages you think the finishing line is miles away. Now it feels it’s in touching distance. But of course, it being a creative process, at the last bit also, you have bursts of energy, you achieve a lot of things in a small period of time and then you’re nearly there…it might slow down. But yeah, hopefully it will be a matter of weeks.”

O’Brien goes on to dispel the myth of the In Rainbows recording process and to laud, as usual, producer Nigel Godrich’s production skills. Check out the full interview here, where O’Brien helps Buxton make a space-themed mix.

Speaking of mixes, Thom Yorke posted a new tiny mix tape on the band’s official website:

1. the big ship brian eno
2. slurs and slowly isan
3. triangle folds inside out james holden
4. magnetic warrior archie bronson outfit
5. goodmorning sunshine quasimoto
6. 3 Tot 1 Zonder Toaster Aardvark
7. fog bank boy 8-bit
8. Leuk HeLeuk He Aardvark
9. bite it & believe it archie bronson outfit
10. claptrap joe

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