Radiohead's Ed O'Brien collaborates with Laura Marling, Portishead and more on debut solo album
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Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien releases first solo material

Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien has finally marked his first entry to the solo world with the release of his debut song ‘Santa Teresa’.

The new ambient track, which has been released under the moniker of EOB, looks likely to be part of O’Brien’s forthcoming debut solo album which, in his own words, is inspired by Brazil Carnival.

Teaming up with producers Flood and Catherine Marks on the new record, the Radiohead man began recording with David Bowie collaborator Omar Hakim, Michael Jackson songwriter Nathan East and The Invisible’s Dave Okumu.

Prior to the release, O’Brien sat down with That Pedal Show to discuss his album, explaining that he hopes to release the full record later this year. When asked why it has taken this long to create the album, O’Brien said he had feelings of “guilt” about making music away from Radiohead in the past. “Six, seven years ago, I’m like, ‘I’m in Radiohead, I’ve got a young family. This is great!’” he said. “I’m living the dream — this is what every 16-year-old boy who plays guitar dreams of. I’m really happy with life.”

“Then suddenly I’m like, the songs. And the truth is, I wanted to write songs,” he added.

Asked if the solo material will draw comparisons to Radiohead, O’Brien 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.”

Stream a first taster of the album, below.

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