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Saturday, 25 September 2010 08:51

Radiohead Double Take On New AlbumExcuse me for the double take, but no sooner have we read from Radiohead's bassist Colin Greenwood that they "have just finished another group of songs, and have begun to wonder about how to release them" and from guitarist Ed O'Brien, in June, that Radiohead is currently back in the studio putting the finishing touches on the "best album we've ever made" when drummer Phil Selway adds a cautious note that they "might just throw this all out."  Thom Yorke may well look puzzled.

Perhaps too much was read into Greenwood's comments in the article he wrote for Index on Censorship explaining why the band released their last album, In Rainbows, directly to the fans? In his essay, he wrote, "Three years later, we have just finished another group of songs, and have begun to wonder about how to release them in a digital landscape that has changed again." Later in the piece he added, "We have yet to decide how to release our next record, but I hope these partial impressions will help give some idea of the conversations we’ve been having." His article was never intended to announce the pending release of a new Radiohead album.

As previously reported in Radiohead Plan New Album Release, guitarist Ed O'Brien announced during his guest DJ spot on BBC 6 Music in June that Radiohead is currently back in the studio putting the finishing touches on the "best album we've ever made." He added that the new disc will hopefully be released by the end of the year.

O'Brien's comments on BBC 6 Music helped heighten expectations for a release in 2010 and Greenwood's essay further stoked anticipation of the band's eagerly awaited eighth album, and yet no official announcements have been made.

According to Selway, Monday's a big day for Radiohead fans. Nevertheless, we still shouldn't expect any imminent news from the Radiohead studio.

Drummer Philip Selway told The Canadian Press that the band will "regroup" next Monday to determine how close the follow up to In Rainbows is to being ready.

"We've been working on material on and off for a year now, and we've had the summer off so yes, we're basically taking stock on Monday and seeing what we need to do with the material to move it to those final stages," Selway said in a telephone interview from Amsterdam.

"We're just returning to it with fresh ears and taking stock of where we are and how close we are to finishing stuff, really, and we won't know till Monday."

Selway is currently promoting his first solo album, Familial, released on August 30th.

In 2007, the band released their seventh album as an internet download for which fans could pay whatever they felt was appropriate. The band also streamed a free concert to fans on New Year's Eve.

The news agency reports that Selway hinted the band might have some more digital or online plans up its sleeves, "although he wouldn't say what exactly."

"Whatever we do with any record, it always has to come from the music we've made, whatever we release, and because we're not at that stage at the moment — we haven't finished anything — we don't know how or what's the most appropriate way for getting it out there," he said.

"Then again, you look at the track record of what we've done over the past decade in that area, and I suppose you know it's probably a safe bet to say there'll be something in there somewhere along the line."

While In Rainbows was largely shaped by extensive touring and live experimentation with the songs, Selway said that won't be the case with the new project.

"Uh, no," he said laughing.

"I don't know what we'll be doing but the process of making In Rainbows — so much came about through what we were doing live — has been quite the opposite so far. But you never know, we might get back together on Monday, and after discussing stuff, we might just throw this all out and say maybe we need to go back to the drawing board. Who knows, as I say, it's all up in the air at the moment."

"But we've been enjoying what we've been doing."

As Colin Greenwood wrote, they "are trying to find ways to put out our music that feel as good as the music itself."  Given the standards to which the band aspire, Selway's cautious approach is understandable as they "take stock" of the material they have recorded together during the past year.

In addition to Selway's solo project, frontman Thom Yorke made appearances with a new band, Atoms for Peace, during the summer, and guitarist Jonny Greenwood is debuting a new orchestral work with Goldfrapp's Will Gregory on 6 October.

No matter how much longer we have to wait for Radiohead's new album, the important thing is that the band get it right.  However they decide to release the new material to the world, one thing for certain is that whatever decision the band take on Monday, given their impressive musical history, speculation shall continue and a new release from Radiohead shall always be big news.

Last Updated on Saturday, 25 September 2010 14:06
 

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One of the most encouraging offerings last week was the UK release of the new single "All the Eastern Girls" by London-based Chapel Club. The band recently headlined on the Emerge NME Radar Tour, and BBC Radio's Zane Lowe previously recognized the track as his "Hottest Record in the World," but don't expect this record to chart in The Official UK Singles Chart, which, in common with the US Billboard Hot 100, is dominated by RnB and TV talent show artists. As a foretaste of Chapel Club's debut album expected early next year, "All the Eastern Girls" is full of promise for the future.

An emerging band based in fashionable East London, Chapel Club is a guitar band that has developed its own, distinctive, trademark sound. Intense, arty, experimental and yet listenable, the melodies are expressive, generally dramatic, at times tuneful, and often dissonant, with intricate guitar riffs and hooks backed by deliberate playing and rhythmic drumming which every now and then explode into driving guitar licks and dynamic drum rolls. The lyrics, written about lust, love, and loss, are intelligent, darkly poetic, frequently pensive, sometimes reflective, and occasionally contemplative, written and sung with meticulous timing by vocalist Lewis Bowman in a soft, crooning voice which has a quality curiously reminiscent of Ian McCulloch at his finest.

Referred to as "gloomsters" by some, Chapel Club's music has been described as "Moody, majestic and magnificent" by others. Global Editor of Billboard Magazine, Mark Sutherland, described the band's sound as, "Amazing… shoegaze but with songs and balls."

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