Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien releases first solo work

By Jonah Krueger, Contributor
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Ed O’Brien, guitarist for legendary alternative outfit Radiohead, debuted a new song titled “Santa Teresa” on Friday, October 4. The track marks his first solo release, according to Pitchfork, and is accompanied by a psychedelic videowith visuals credited to ULTRAVIOLET. 

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Both the song and the video are attributed to EOB, presumably the name under which O’Brien will continue to release music. A social media post made in conjunction with the release of “Santa Teresa” teases more music to come from the musician.

Solo work from O’Brien has long been rumored and anticipated. With “Santa Teresa,” he is the last of his bandmates to embark on a solo career. Notably, Jonny Greenwood, guitarist and keyboardist for Radiohead, has established a cult following for his Oscar-nominated film scores. Additionally, Thom Yorke, singer and frontman of Radiohead, has kept busy with a number of collaborations, including composing the original score for the 2018 remake of Suspiria and recently releasing his third solo record.

According to Pitchfork, O’Brien had briefly discussed the development of his solo material in interviews leading up to Radiohead’s recent acceptance into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, an event that only he and Radiohead drummer Philip Selway attended.

The five-minute “Santa Teresa” is a slight departure from O’Brien’s role in his famously groundbreaking band, and it is the first fans have heard from him since Radiohead’s 2016 album A Moon Shaped Pool. Known previously for his distinctive guitar and back-up vocal contributions as part of Radiohead, O’Brien shows off his serene, ambient side with “Santa Teresa.”

Listen to “Santa Teresa”:


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