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EOB (Ed O’Brien of Radiohead) Shares Video for Nine-Minute New Song “Brasil”

Debut EOB Album Due Out in Early 2020 via Capitol; Song Features Radiohead's Colin Greenwood and The Invisible's David Okumu

Dec 05, 2019
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EOB is the solo project of Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien. He is releasing his debut EOB album in early 2020 via Capitol and now he has shared a new song from it, "Brasil," via a video/short film for it. The song also features Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood, as well as drummer Omar Hakim and The Invisible's guitarist David Okumu. Flood produced the song, which was mixed by Alan Moulder. Andrew Donoho directed the video.

"'Brasil' is a state of mind, not a place or time," says O'Brien in a press release. "H.P. Lovecraft, Kubrick, and Junji Ito have created some of my favorite 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.'"

Donoho had this to say about the video/short film: "'Brasil' was one of those tracks just dripping with magic from the very beginning. 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."

The upcoming album will also feature Laura Marling, Portishead's Adrian Utley, Nathan East, and Wilco's Glenn Kotche.

Radiohead's last album was 2016's A Moon Shaped Pool. It landed at #2 on Under the Radar's Top 100 Albums of 2016 list.

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