Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien has released his newest solo song ‘Brasil’.
Working under his moniker of EOB, O’Brien shared his debut song ‘Santa Teresa’ in October and has now followed it up with the newest number as he ramps up excitement around the impending release of his debut album.
“Brasil is a state of mind, not a place or time,” O’Brien said in a statement. “H.P. Lovecraft, Kubrick, and Junji Ito have created some of my favourite sci-fi narratives. But I’ve always wanted to reinterpret their horrific premises into a more poetic and optimistic notion. What if an alien or higher being were to come to earth to help us achieve a greater existence, and not to destroy us? What would it look like if everyone on earth shared thoughts, experiences, and actions?
“The theory that humans, as a species, actually represent one large, singular organism has always fascinated me, and I wanted to explore that concept visually through a variety of different character perspectives, mediums, and impressionistic visual effects. All these layers and ideas culminated into our narrative for ‘Brasil.’”
Stream it below.
The accompanying video was directed by Andrew Donoho: “‘Brasil’ was one of those tracks just dripping with magic from the very beginning,” Donoho said in a statement. “Everything started clicking very quickly. Empathy, togetherness, wonder, spirituality, and exploration resonated from the song and the references, and I wanted to write a large scope, otherworldly concept weighted in humanity.
“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 and the temporal barriers of linear experience.”