Checking in with Radiohead: Jonny Greenwood confirms new album's first track
Phil Selway, Jimmy Kimmel Live

We’re all aware that Radiohead have been ‘in-studio’ since September, writing and recording what is to be their ninth studio album. But what does that mean? Where exactly are they in the writing/recording process? You can almost hear the shouts of the growing plebeian mass: We want details! Give us progress!

‘In-progress’ is still the most accurate status report for the forthcoming record, but a couple details have recently emerged. Both drummer Phil Selway and guitarist Jonny Greenwood appeared in the news over the past couple days and we will dissect the deets.

Selway is filling RSS feeds with videos of his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night. Did he play new Radiohead material?! No; he played a couple tracks from Weatherhouse—his second solo LP, released last October. Even though Newtonian physics suggests that Selway cannot be ’in-studio’ with Radiohead if he is indeed somewhere else entirely, it’s still an opportunity to see one of the Radioheads showcase his individual growth in the collective hiatus. Check out the video above.

Greenwood’s news is more promising. The busy instrumentalist was reportedly interviewed last month by Dutch music website 3voor12 and—presumably because most people can’t read Dutch—its contents have just begun to surface.

In the interview, Greenwood admitted that it’s been difficult to coalesce as a band after so much time apart. He, Selway and frontman Thom Yorke have all undertaken individual projects since 2011’s King of Limbs. As of now, Yorke and Greenwood are feeling things out and recording together in intervals. “This afternoon,” explained Greenwood, “Thom and I will work on a song we started yesterday, and see what it will lead to.”

In a more inspiring bit of news, Greenwood disclosed the first known track from the yet untitled LP. The band has been reworking “Lift,” a song that dates back to 1996. He explains its inclusion on the album:

“What people don’t know is that there’s a very old song on each album, like ‘Nude’ on In Rainbows. We never found the right arrangement for that, until then. ‘Lift’ is just like that. When the idea is right, it stays right. It doesn’t really matter in which form.”

At the very least, this should serve as a comforting reminder that progress is indeed being made. Sooner or later, we will get new material from the luminous English rock band. Until then, stay tuned right here for more details, more progress and more Radiohead.