hmv.com presents… Albums Of 2015: #7 Radiohead
Every day during January we’re going to be previewing the albums that are going to be hitting the shelves in 2015. Most will definitely come out, some probably will, and some we really hope finally see the light of day (we’re looking at you Adele…). Today we pick up with the upcoming ninth album by Oxford rock legends Radiohead. Will it drop in 2015?
A Little Background…
Having formed back in 1985, this year represents three decades of working together for Radiohead, during which time they've gone from indie-rock also-rans with one famous song to opinion-polarising, global unit-shifters, selling more than 30 million albums worldwide to date and creating works as varied and dynamic as the universally acclaimed OK Computer to the almost wilfully perverse (but brilliant) Kid A.
Proving the dusty old adage that you can't please all the people all of the time, their last outing, 2011's The King Of Limbs (which you can preview on the right hand side of the page), polarised opinion even among their own dedicated fan base, with some describing at it as bridging the band's many different styles, while others felt that the album had lost the game-changing ambition of some of its predecessors.
In the years that have followed, the band's various members have been keeping themselves busy with their own projects. Frontman Thom Yorke has been busy bemoaning the lack of fair royalty rates for new artists on Spotify, as well as releasing his latest solo album Tomorrow's Modern Boxes via file-sharing platform BitTorrent.
Lead guitarist Jonny Greenwood has also been pretty busy, working with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and releasing an album with Polish composer Krzysztof Pendereck, as well as composing a number of film scores, including Lynne Ramsay's We Need To Talk About Kevin and two Paul Thomas Anderson films, namely The Master and Inherent Vice.
Rumours of a ninth Radiohead album began surfacing towards the second half of 2014, and by September Thom Yorke confirmed via Twitter that the band were indeed back in the studio, with Greenwood telling the BBC's David Prever in November that the band were still at the “fumbling around” stage. Long-standing producer and friend Nigel Godrich Tweeting the first photo from the sessions in December, featuring Yorke and Greenwood fiddling with a modular synthesizer.
What Will It Sound Like?
Given the wild stylistic lurches from one album to the next, you never can be too sure what to expect from Radiohead, but you can probably expect a range of interesting instrumentation and another helping of Yorke's self-debasing lyrics.
Who's Producing It? Are There Any Big-Name Guests?
Nigel Godrich is once again manning the controls it seems, so no surprises there. As for special guests, Radiohead have never really been a band to have big names popping up all over their albums, so it seems unlikely. That said, if there's one thing Radiohead do well it's confounding expectations, so you never know, but there had been no news of featured guests on the album as yet.
Will It Really Come Out This Year? And When?
Jonny Greenwood was asked back in July last if there was a planned release date, telling the Sunday Time that he had “no idea”, and although that was a while before heading back into the studio, but no new information on a release date has surfaced since. With the band still likely to be in the very early stages of making the new record it could be some time before a release date is mooted, but with a full 12 months of 2015 left to go there's reason to be hopeful that the new LP will surface before the year is out.