- 05 Dec 19
With the release comes news that O' Brien's debut solo album will come out in early 2020.
Following the ambient teaser 'Santa Teresa,' Ed O’Brien of Radiohead has unveiled the first impression of his debut album, which will be released under the moniker EOB.
Today O' Brien shares with us a glimpse of the record to come with 'Brasil,' a near 9-minute epic that begins as a bare-bones ballad that blooms into a hypnotic motorik groove. Featuring on the track is fellow Radiohead member, bassist Colin Greenwood. Produced by Flood and mixed by Alan Moulder, the dimensions of “Brasil” are further expanded by engineer Adam “Cecil” Bartlett's programming, David Okumu's guitar playing, and recording engineer Richie Kennedy's sampler programming.
Director Andrew Donoho’s take on “Brasil” translates the song’s otherworldly feel into a global narrative exploration of the human condition.
Speaking on the track, Donoho tells Hot Press that, “‘Brasil' was one of those tracks just dripping with magic from the very beginning,”
He continued stating, "Everything started clicking very quickly. Ed and I both shared a love of space and the abstract concepts surrounding time, so I started building a narrative around transcending the physical barriers of our bodies."
In O’Brien's words, “Brasil is a state of mind, not a place or time.”
The piece also calls to mind the awe-inspiring works of science-fiction masters. Speaking on that, O' Brien said, "H.P. Lovecraft, Kubrick, and Junji Ito have created some of my favorite sci-fi narratives,” and that "I’ve always wanted to reinterpret their horrific premises into a more poetic and optimistic notion.'
The early 2020 release date of the first EOB album will be revealed shortly, as will the album’s title. The recording of the album began in the fall of 2017 and concluded in early 2019. In addition to the aforementioned production and mixing by Flood and Moulder and contributions from Omar Hakim, Colin Greenwood, Adam “Cecil” Bartlett, David Okumu and Richie Kennedy, EOB’s debut album features Laura Marling, Adrian Utley, Nathan East and Glenn Kotche.
Check it out now: