New Radiohead Album 'Up in the Air,' Bassist Colin Greenwood Explains

Band taking it easy, "the vibe is very much Oxford and all good!"

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Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood gave an update on the band's new album, not exactly an exciting one as the band is seemingly taking it easy for now. But nevertheless, "the vibe is very much Oxford and all good!"

"It's all up in the air at the minute," Coling told Drowned in Sound. "Thom's just come back from touring Atoms for Peace and he's having some quiet time. I'm sorry to be vague but we're all just taking it easy at the moment. Just enjoying being at home and hanging out really.

"But at the same time, the vibe is very much Oxford and all good!" he added. "It's like that. I wish I could say we were going to start work and put something out then spend twelve months on the road touring but we're just enjoying being at home right now. We had the best time when spent the last two years touring 'The King of Limbs.' We all really enjoyed that. It was a really positive time."

The bassist concluded on an optimistic note, saying, "We definitely want to do it all again but we've just got to give it some time for the dust to settle."

Further asked if any fresh tunes are ready for the new album, a couple of which were reportedly recorded in Jack White's studio, Greenwood replied: "I don't know. I think we'd have to revisit them and finish things. I think generally we work best when we're all together for a long period of time. But then I say something like that and think back to when we recorded 'Lucky' in under a day at some studio in South London so I don't know ... What I'm trying to say is everyone's very happy and positive and looking forward to the next adventure."

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    As long as the band is optimistic, I am excited! TKOL wasn't my favourite Radiohead album, but it was still a very solid record. I cannot wait to see what they'll do next - I'm yet to be disappointed!
    No surprises here. We'll be lucky if they release an album this year. I might be wrong but eventually they will and everything will be in it's right place. After all, it's not all about the dollars & cents with these guys!
    LOL! I thought it was clever...not sure why all the downvotes. Maybe just the massive amount of cheesiness?
    A lot of TKOL was out in left field, and I can only hope that Atoms for Peace got it out of Thom's system, because I'd love to hear another record in the same vein as In Rainbows
    i agree with you but in rainbows was alot old songs they went back to and remade the album felt like all singles (that's not a bad thing) but I like the albums that songs flow into each other plus it doesn't matter if people want another in rainbows cause if you know radioheads music they never make albums that sound the same as previous ones
    Which is why I said "in the same vein." In Rainbows was a fantastic mix of their guitar driven sound and their more experimental work. It sounded great and translated wonderfully live.
    I think every Radiohead album is "up in the air" if you get my drift. I just hope it's as good as In Rainbows.
    It's definitely going to be hard to reach that level, it's such a perfect album. Either way, I'm pumped to repeatedly listen to whatever they put out next.
    I think In Rainbows was pretty much average Radiohead quality, actually. It was on par, but not really above it. I think they can easily repeat that, or better.
    It's average for Radiohead... in that it contains a spread of simply great songs leading up to the masterpieces such as Reckoner, Jigsaw Falling into Place and Videotape. If they make another one of those I certainly wouldn't complain.
    TKOL was definitely a surprise, but a good one. It took me some time to appreciate though. It´s a very subdued and subtle album if you ask me. Looking forward to the next surprise.
    Love their stuff and wish it didn't take so long to put out releases. Hoping for something soon though. Maybe early next year. I get that they need a break.
    Radiohead actually doesn't really take that long to release material, all things considered. Keep in mind they spent two years each touring for Rainbows and TKOL.
    On average I tend to see a 3 year cycle for albums even with major touring like that. TKOL took 4 years to come out and a good number of the songs had already been written during the In Rainbows era.
    I can't wait! Radiohead has been one of my favorite bands since "The Bends" and they never disappoint (in my opinion of course). TKoL took a little while to grow on me but I feel like it stand up with all of their best material. Not too many bands can consistently push boundaries and write quality music the way Radiohead has.
    TKOL is a live album, its amazing live because the voice of Yorke is less high and cheezy and you can really feel the vibe and the drum (thx for the second drummer, he add a lot of feeling in these songs
    I agree that the songs are better live. Thom Yorke was never my problem with that album though.
    Yeah, I was expecting that. Yorke needed a rest after all the touring with Atoms for Peace. Still, I'm already looking forward to it...
    I think the Eraser got a lot of that stuff out of his system before they did In Rainbows, so hopefully it will happen again
    Probably a new album in 2015 but you never know. They announced King Of Limbs about a week before it came out. They could be secretly recording at this moment. For all we know, the album could be announced all of a sudden in a couple of months.
    Psycho Pigeon
    only good song is "creep"
    There was me thinking "up in the air" was going to be Thom Yorke's latest crazy way of distributing the next album.
    Did anyone else get excited because they thought there was a new album titled "Up in the Air"?
    TKoL felt too much like The Eraser for me. I want more of Hail or In Rainbows, both styles seemed short-lived and I want more.
    The new songs they have been playing live (Identikit, Ful Stop and so on) are awesome, and make me more excited for a new album. I don't care what Radiohead will put out, it'll most likely be good