“We’ve been living here for nearly three weeks and recording an album here, in the [Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur],” the Radiohead guitarist said. “The Maharaja allowed us use of the fort, and we’ve basically been living here with 12 Indian musicians and we’ve made a record.” Greenwood had just performed with the troupe at the World Sacred Spirit Festival, where they tested the material live before heading to the Fort studio to record a mix of “Arabic, Indian, and western music.”
“It’s been amazing, actually, working with Indian musicians,” Greenwood added, saying the local culture makes music a part of life “rather than just being an occupation. It’s different; there’s music everywhere. Like when we’re playing and recording or rehearsing with these musicians, when they take a break, they go and play more. That’s not true in England.” He went on to say that watching the musicians work has been particularly inspiring. “Some of the musicians are so young, it’s great. One of the dholak players, he’s 16, and I just sit and watch him play and learn so much from how he thinks about music. He’s amazing.”
Later in the chat, Greenwood commented on the progress of Radiohead’s follow-up to 2011’s The King of Limbs. “We’ve done a couple of months of recording, and it has gone really well,” he said, noting that they hadn’t yet listened to the results of the sessions, which was the next step. “But we left it at a good place when we last stopped. We’ve certainly changed our method again. It’s too involved [to explain how]. We’re kind of limiting ourselves; working in limits. So we’ll see what happens. It’s like we’re trying to use very old and very new technology together to see what happens.”
Below, check out a clip of Greenwood and Ben Tzur performing at the 2014 Southbank’s Alchemy Festival.