Skip to main content

No results found

HANBOROUGH GATE OX 1100x120 BANNER unezql
Culture, Music

Review

EOB: Earth

divider
Renata Avignone Rossa
EOB Earth

Following the announcement of Radiohead’s break in February this year, guitarist Ed O’Brien releases his debut as EOB. And it’s a masterpiece.

I was expecting the iconic sound of Radiohead: guitars which weep with melancholy chords and riffs which put them on the map. I was forecasting an extension of the band, an attempt to sail on a boat long parked at the harbour. But from the moment I clicked on first official single ‘Shangri-La’, rather than a boat navigating through waves, I found myself in for a refreshing swim in an exotic new sound.

It is familiar in an adventurous and renewing way, which fans of alternative rock will become enamoured by while simultaneously surprised. It manages to seamlessly intertwine Latino beats and movements into the comforting thrum of the guitar. Just when you expect the rhythm to become repetitive, O’Brien integrates hitchlessly a beat, just different enough to keep you hooked, wanting to follow the story of the song.

There is a certain chaotic cohesion to Earth. The tracks are all distinctive and tell their own tales, yet seem to slot together into an unexpected puzzle. Every song seems carefully perfected by O’Brien, and it sounds as though he has poured his heart into every second. The slower songs are beautiful, although they can disrupt the flow of the overall upbeat and optimistic narrative.

Highlights include ‘Olympik’ and ‘Banksters’; they blend different genres and you can almost visualise colours as you’re transported somewhere rich and vibrant.

The album (released 17 April on Capitol Records) has left me with the distinct impression that EOB will be a force to be reckoned with, and I look forward to more masterpieces.

RECOMMENDED

Sunbirds colour
Wed 28 Oct 2020

British Americana 

The emergence of Sunbirds

Having retired from the live scene at the back end of 2016, the former Housemartins drummer and Beautiful South vocalist has been keeping busy with guitarist, songwriter and collaborator Phil Barton. Here, Dave and Phil talk personal words, ‘normal jobs’ and the ruthless industry. 

Travis headshot
Fri 23 Oct 2020

Sam Bennett caught up with playwright and poet Travis Alabanza, who spoke about the effect lockdown has had on their work as well as life in general – doing so from the comfort of their bed.

Inua Ellams c Henry Nicholls cleared 2
Thu 8 Oct 2020

From Caliban to Batman

Shakespeare and superheroes with Inua Ellams

Born in Nigeria, Inua Ellams is a UK-based poet, playwright and performer who has written for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and the BBC. The Actual is his fifth poetry release.

Sholto Kynoch Artistic Director Oxford Lieder bjvfmc
Thu 8 Oct 2020

Not Your Classic Classical

The Oxford Lieder Festival

The Oxford Lieder Festival – an annual music event including performances, artist Q&As, talks and masterclasses – have transformed their event into an online cinematic experience. We spoke to director of the festival, Sholto Kynoch to find out more…