Radiohead’s Thom Yorke has announced plans to release a new solo album in 2019.
Fresh from writing and recording his first ever film soundtrack after scoring Luca Guadagnino’s remake of Suspiria, Yorke sat down with Spanish publication El Mundo and spilt the beans on his next major project.
Working alongside longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Yorke said that he “trying to finish a record” and, despite his best efforts, has succumbed to being by the current political climate: “I didn’t have the wish to make politically charged music, but everything I do goes that way anyways,” Yorke explained. “I’m trying to finish a record with Nigel, and it’s going that way. It’s something that’s always there.”
Detailing further, Yorke explained that the current UK government policies and the tiresome handling of Brexit have had the most severe impact on him: “There is a vacuum of accommodation and denial where all opinions are the same and nothing has consequences,” Yorke said. “You can demonstrate the corruption that occurred in the Brexit vote and people respond: ‘Oh, yes, obvious.’”
Moving on to the sound of his new material, the Radiohead frontman added: “It’s very electronic, but different to anything I’ve done till now. The method has been the opposite of depending on computers. It’s a weird process by which we made a song in the studio, we break it after that, we rebuild it with a live mix and it comes out different again, and that’s what we record.
“We’ve improvised with a lot of sounds and effects. It has been a very weird way to make a record, which is very exciting.”