Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien releases solo track, “Brasil”

    Accompanied by a sci-fi music video.

    Ed O'Brien of Radiohead performing at Main Square Festival 2017 in France
    Image: Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images

    Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien has released a sci-fi video for “Brasil,” a new song from his upcoming solo album.

    The clip, which was directed by Andrew Donoho, depicts humanity coming together and growing in sync with each other in the face of a mysterious alien force. The dynamic “Brasil,” as its title implies, was inspired by the country of Brazil and more specifically, O’Brien’s time living there.

    “We had a truly profound experience living in this extraordinary country,” he said on Instagram. “Made new connections with people and places, and happened to go to carnival in Rio in 2013. Truly the greatest show on earth… an explosion of lights, melody, rhythm and love. For me, one of those musical eureka moments.”

    O’Brien also explained the video’s concept in a press statement. “HP Lovecraft, [Stanley] Kubrick and Junji Ito have created some of my favorite sci-fi narratives,” he said. “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?”

    “Brasil” will appear on O’Brien’s first-ever solo album, which will be released under the moniker EOB. An official release date has not been confirmed, but it will arrive early next year. The as-yet-untitled record was produced by Flood and features contributions from O’Brien’s Radiohead bandmate Colin Greenwood, Omar Hakim, Laura Marling, Portishead’s Adrian Utley, Wilco’s Glenn Kotche and more.

    Radiohead have been relatively quiet of late; they put out their last studio album, A Moon Shaped Pool, in 2016. In June, they officially released the sessions behind their 1997 classic OK Computer in response to hackers’ attempts at blackmail. That same month, frontman Thom Yorke released ANIMA, his first solo album since 2014’s Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes. More recently, Yorke collaborated with Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers on the song “Daily Battles” for the movie soundtrack of Motherless Brooklyn.

    Watch O’Brien’s “Brasil” video here: