Radiohead producer Godrich: “So many great Thom Yorke songs haven’t been released”

Producer Nigel Godrich – the “sixth Radiohead” – has revealed that collaborator Thom Yorke has a cache of songs that are just waiting for release.

In addition to his work producing every Radiohead album since OK Computer, Godrich is also a member of Thom Yorke’s “supergroup” Atoms for Peace with drummer Joey Waronker (R.E.M., Beck), Brian Eno collaborator and percussionist Mauro Refosco and the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea. He also has another project to keep him occupied, Ultraista, which he helms along with Waronker and singer Laura Bettincourt.

Godrich recently spoke to FL about Ultraista’s self-titled debut record – an album that made it to #23 on FL’s Best albums of 2012 list – and also discussed how productive his Atoms bandmate Yorke really is. “He’s very prolific and he’s written a lot of songs,” Godrich explained. “So many great songs that have not been released … This Atoms record, they’ve been sitting on it for a year. It’s finished but [he’s] been on tour.”

While Yorke recently announced that he’s “still reeling from being on tour for much of the year” he also confirmed that Atoms for Peace are planning to get together to play live shows in 2013. Those shows will be presumably timed with the release of debut album, Amok, which is due out in Australia on XL/Remote Control on February 22.

Godrich will also be touring with Ultraista in 2013, visiting America for a run of dates in January before heading to Japan. Unfortunately that tour won’t stretch to Australia but Godrich says he’s keen to pay us a visit. “I think later in the year,” he told FL. “I’ve never been to Australia so I really want to come.” Ultraista/Atoms For Peace double bill?

The full interview with Nigel Godrich will be published on FL soon.