“But, like a lot of Brazilian music, there’s a dark heart.”
Just like after the release of every new record, the music world is a-buzz with Radiohead right now. But long-time member Ed O’Brien also has another record in the works, which will see him become the 4th member of the band to go it solo after projects from Thom Yorke, Philip Selway and Jonny Greenwood.
The record is due to be released after the end of the Radiohead worldwide tour. It’s apparently inspired by the time O’Brien and his family spent in a small cottage in the Brazilian countryside, and the carnivals that used to weave their way through the town. “It was the greatest thing I’ve ever, ever, ever experienced in terms of music,” he told the BBC 6‘s Matt Everitt. “Everyone sings. There must be 4,000 people in each samba school who parade down there, and the combination of writing music and that feeling of being there and being like, ‘Oh my god, music can be like this.’ It was so profound, so it’s fed my whole inspiration and writing. There’s an element of that joy of music. But, like a lot of Brazilian music, there’s a dark heart.”