Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien has released his debut solo song, Santa Teresa, as a teaser for his forthcoming album.
The instrumental ambient track is credited to “EOB” and produced by Flood. And if this glacial single is anything to go by, the as-yet-untitled album will sound nothing like Radiohead’s. O’Brien said the LP was influenced by the natural world and his experience attending Carnival in Brazil, according to reports.
— Ed O’Brien (@EOBOfficial) October 4, 2019
In our interview with O’Brien, the guitarist explained the different ways that he and bandmate Jonny Greenwood approach composition. “I love the guitar and I get my sounds from guitar, so that’s where I do my exploring – through pedals and guitars and stuff like that,” he said. “Jonny, because he’s got all the orchestration and the instruments, when he’s searching for sounds he goes for other combinations – that’s where he goes.”
His experimental approach to the instrument led Fender to create a signature guitar for O’Brien: the EOB Sustainer Stratocaster. The highlight of the guitar is the Fernandes Sustainer Driver humbucker at the neck position, which sustains harmonies a fifth up, in unison and an octave up.
More info at eobmusic.com.