In-demand English producer Nigel Godrich isn't resting on the laurels of his producer of the year Grammy nomination for his work on Radiohead's acclaimed album "Kid A." He's producing Radiohead's new
In-demand English producer Nigel Godrich isn't resting on the laurels of his producer of the year Grammy nomination for his work on Radiohead's acclaimed album "Kid A" (Capitol). Godrich tells Billboard.com that he's nearly put the finishing touches on Radiohead's next opus, "Amnesiac," which is due June 4 internationally. He's also been at the controls for Scottish rock outfit Travis' upcoming third Epic/Independiente album.
When asked to confirm reports that "Amnesiac" will return Radiohead to its more familiar sound after the highly experimental "Kid A," Godrich says with a laugh, "We'll see about that, I'm not so sure. Some of that may be wishful thinking. Half of it is probably more what people might expect to hear, but the other half, I don't really know how to describe it." The album was recently mastered at Gateway Mastering in Portland, Maine.
Godrich is now in Los Angeles for a second period of work on the next Travis set, the follow-up to 1999's U.K. multi-platinum "The Man Who." After three weeks in the studio there in October, immediately following Travis' latest U.S. tour, the producer says the album is now "two-thirds of the way through. It's been absolutely brilliant. I did a Beck album out here [1998's "Mutations"], and it was fate that we ended up at this particular studio, Ocean Way on Sunset Blvd. It's the best place I've ever worked.
"We got so much achieved in those three weeks in October, and then working over Christmas in London with the bad weather, coming from this sunny vibe, was quite hard," he continues. "So this is like a bit of a school trip. We thought we'd just finish it on the same note."
Godrich adds that the album is due for U.K. release in June, and that on its completion, he is looking forward to taking a long holiday.