Today marks the release of Thom Yorke‘s magnificent original score for Luca Guadagnino’s remake of the 1970s cult horror film, Suspiria. And he’s taken the chance to make a new announcement – he’ll be releasing a new solo record in 2019.
As he revealed in a new interview with Spain publication El Mundo, he’s been “trying to finish a record” with Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich.
Thom Yorke says he’s been working on an experimental, politically-charged solo album with Nigel Godrich, set for release in 2019.
Apparently the album will have political undertones, which Yorke says is something that is unavoidable for him. “I didn’t have the wish to make politically charged music, but everything I do goes that way anyways,” he explained. “I’m trying to finish a record with Nigel, and it’s going that way. It’s something that’s always there.”
“There is a vacuum of accommodation and denial where all opinions are the same and nothing has consequences,” he continued. “You can demonstrate the corruption that occurred in the Brexit vote and people respond: ‘Oh, yes, obvious.’”
In terms of sound and production, Yorke says the album will be unlike anything he’s done before.
“It’s very electronic, but different to anything I’ve done till now,” he said. “The method has been the opposite of depending on computers. It’s a weird process by which we made a song in the studio, we break it after that, we rebuild it with a live mix and it comes out different again, and that’s what we record. We’ve improvised with a lot of sounds and effects. It has been a very weird way to make a record, which is very exciting.”
Asked if he’d gotten bored of using computers, York replied: “I always get bored.”
He also discussed the Suspiria soundtrack (which you can listen to below), saying: “I promised to do [the Suspiria soundtrack] because [director] Luca [Guadangigno] insisted, and I started a journey that ended up taking a year.”
Thom Yorke’s last solo record, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, was released in 2014.