EOB is Ed O’Brien from a band you may know called Radiohead. Whilst the rest of his bandmates were off doing their own thing Ed thought, rather self-deprecatingly, that no one would be interested in an album by him. However, he amassed a bunch of songs that he thought were worthy and Earth is the collective result. The songs genre-hop from the fragility of folk music to the euphoria of house and are underpinned by their memorable melodies and unflinching lyrics.
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Just who could this mysterious EOB be? Well, I’ll let you in on an industry secret, it’s Ed O’Brien, arguably the least mysterious member of Radiohead. He’s also the fourth member of the band to release some solo material leaving only little Colin Greenwood. Come on Colin, what are you waiting for?
But this is about Ed! And his debut album ‘Earth’. Even from the title it’s clear that O’Brien is taking an approach different to that of his band. Can you imagine Radiohead naming an album something as blunt as ‘Earth’? But not everything needs to be under Thom Yorke levels of obfuscation. Sometimes it’s okay to call your song about how the banking industry is bad ‘Banksters’ and to ask (rightfully), “where did the money go?”, while ‘Idioteque’-ish drums play, And it’s also okay to sing “where you go, I will go” over a track that sounds like the Police. It really is!
‘Earth’ is often fun in a way that Radiohead’s music isn’t. ‘Brasil’ starts all thoughtful picked guitars before transitioning halfway to a dance workout worthy of Caribou. And ‘Olympik’ has a wonderful driving groove that brings to mind New Order and their ilk. But my favourite moments are the sparsest. ‘Long Time Coming’ and ‘Cloak of the Night’ are mostly just Ed and his guitar, playing hushed but sweeping folk. They’re simple. Something Radiohead rarely are, but probably should be more often
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