I am really enjoying listening to the most recent episode of All Songs Considered. Jonny Greenwood discusses the new Radiohead album, A Moon Shaped Pool. He talks about all sorts of interesting things like how they differ their approach to writing and recording each album, and how the band functions more like a group of co-arrangers rather than an ensemble of different instruments.
It's not really about can I do my guitar part now, it's more ... what will serve this song best? How do we not mess up this really good song? Part of the problem is Thom will sit at the piano and play a song like 'Pyramid Song' and we're going to record it and how do we not make it worse, how do we make it better than him just playing it by himself, which is already usually quite great. We're kind of, we're arrangers really."