Jonny Greenwood Begins Work on Album in India, Sheds Light on New Radiohead LP
Published Feb 26, 2015Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood has been working on film scores and exploratory neo-classical compositions as of late, and now he's continuing his adventurous musical journey by working on a new album in India.
Greenwood revealed in an interview with the Sunday Guardian [via Pitchfork] that he's working with Israeli composer Shye Ben-Tzur and 12 Indian musicians on a record that will draw on Arabic, Indian and Western influences. They recently performed at the World Sacred Spirit Festival in Jodhpur.
"We've been living here for nearly three weeks and recording an album here, in the fort. The Maharaja allowed us use of the fort, and we've basically been living here with 12 Indian musicians and we've made a record," Greenwood explained.
When queried about what it sounds like, he said, "I feel like this has got more common ground with James Brown, it's that kind [of music]: Joyful and with dancing going on. It's not really rock music. We'll see how the record sounds."
In more intriguing news, he confirmed that Radiohead have completed two months' worth of recording for a new album. "We've certainly changed our method again," Greenwood revealed. "It's too involved [to explain how]. We're kind of limiting ourselves; working in limits. So we'll see what happens. It's like we're trying to use very old and very new technology together to see what happens."
They apparently haven't listened back to anything they recorded, but said that the sessions went well and "we're all very happy."
This isn't too much of a surprise, as Thom Yorke had already confirmed that Radiohead were in the studio. Assuming that they end up making a new album, it will be their first since 2011's The King of Limbs.