January 10, 2014

hmv's Albums of 2014: Radiohead
by James
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hmv's Albums of 2014: Radiohead

Every day throughout January we're going to be previewing 2014's biggest records. Today, it's the turn of Radiohead, will there be a new record in 2014? We can only hope...


A Little Background…

After the release of studio album no.8, The King Of Limbs, in 2011, Radiohead embarked on a 58-date tour to support the record, finishing up at the end of 2012. Shortly afterwards in February 2013, bassist Colin Greenwood mentioned in an interview with BBC 6music that a new album could be on the way sooner than expected: “We’re taking some time out whilst people are doing some other stuff, doing their own things, and the plan is to get back together again [at the] end of the summer.”

Since then however it’s gone quiet on the new album front, and Thom Yorke cast doubt on Greenwood’s assertions in July last year, saying in an interview with James Bond actor Daniel Craig for Interview Magazine that he wanted to “take a year off.” Then again, Yorke also said in 2009 that there wouldn’t be another Radiohead album…

In the meantime, Yorke has been busy with his first album with side project Atoms for Peace, with long-time producer Nigel Godrich and Flea from Red Hot Chilli Peppers, as well as stirring up a debate about Spotify, having pulled all his music from the online streaming service in protest at the way the platform pays new artists.


What’s It Called?

We’ve no idea. With very little information to suggest whether the band have even started recording yet, there’s not much to go on, but we’re guessing it probably won’t be called The Bends 2.

The King Of Limbs (Deluxe FLAC Version)
The King Of Limbs (Deluxe FLAC Version) Radiohead

What Will It Sound Like?

Radiohead aren’t the most predictable band in the world, so it’s difficult to say, but judging from their last few outings there will probably be plenty of synthesizers involved. Thom Yorke has mentioned that he is using synths and samplers a lot more these days when writing, so we can look forward to some interesting sounds, that’s for sure.


Who’s Producing It? Are There Any Big-Name Guests?

We’ve no reason to believe that it will be anyone other than Nigel Godrich behind the desk, given that he’s worked on every album so far, as well as being an Atoms For Peace member. Radiohead aren’t known for having guests all over their albums so based on previous form it’s unlikely there will be big-name guests. One person who is likely to feature however is Clive Deamer, who appeared as a percussionist on their last tour. Clive has previously performed live with Portishead, playing the drums for their Live in New York album.


Will It Really Come Out This Year? And When?

We can only speculate really; after Greenwood’s interview it certainly looked that way, but there’s been nothing too encouraging since in terms of news. They do however have previous form for keeping their cards close their chests, so who knows? We can but hope…

Radiohead - Lotus Flower

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