Radiohead were expected to resume work on their next album in September — their first since 2011’s lukewarmly received but cult-beloved The King Of Limbs — and right on schedule, drummer Philip Selway has confirmed that the band are back in the studio. Per NME, Selway told the Press Association, “We’ve got quite a busy autumn coming up. We want to finish a record and that’s where we’re at. We’re just launching ourselves into it.” Given the band’s penchant for endlessly tinkering on projects and then suddenly releasing them, maybe we’ll all be getting a new Radiohead album for Christmas?
Selway also hinted at the possibility of outside collaborators: “For so long we kind of played exclusively with each other and that takes you so far, so I suppose from album to album you try to push yourself beyond your comfort zone.” And regarding Radiohead’s “short attention span,” he added, “We kind of change record to record, try and change the underlying approach to making music.” So hopefully that means we’ll be hearing yet another new direction from the band, though I’m certainly not going to complain if the decades-old “Lift” ends up on the tracklist.
UPDATE: Composer Robert Ziegler shared these photos of Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O’Brien, and Nigel Godrich in studio…
— Robert Ziegler (@ziegler360) September 5, 2015