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25 March 2020

Earth

by Andrew MacGregor


EOB: “Earth” - 5 mins 04s

This short documentary from director Bafic evokes a more idyllic form of self-isolation: recording a studio album. The artist in question is Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien, who provides an easy-going insight into the making of debut solo album ‘Earth’.

Shot deep in the Welsh countryside, it’s a gratifying blend of wide open spaces and well-furnished recording suites. At a time when many are fashioning their own makeshift workstations, O’Brien’s set-up almost seems like overkill.

Amps, instruments, microphone stands, and other paraphernalia litter the guitarist's country retreat, as he and his team oscillate between moments of creativity and self-doubt (“Bloody lyrics!” says O’Brien in a rare moment of levity.) It is, after all, a process.

The fruits of O’Brien’s labour are due for release on April 17th, Covid-19 permitting. Thanks to Bafic’s five-minute teaser, fans can at least picture what O’Brien has in store.


Cinematographer: Harry Wheeler
Editor: Ed Cooper / Aideen Johnston (Ass'nt) @ The Assembly Rooms Ⓟ Ⓦ
Offline Producer: Dan Breheny
Post Production: Chloe Slattery
Colourist: Ruth Wardell ♀ Ⓟ Ⓦ @ Electric Theatre Collective Ⓟ Ⓦ
Location: Cambrian Mountains, Wales

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