Pharrell & Ryan Tedder (2)
By Alicia Adejobi. It has taken three years but OneRepublic are finally back with fresh music and a brand new album. The five-piece, fronted by acclaimed songwriter and producer Ryan Tedder, have launched the project with their new single, Wherever I Go, which marks the band’s new direction into a louder and more experimental sound. Tedder, 36, kindly hosted an album playback in London on 24 May where selected members of the press were able to hear rough cuts of around six or seven songs, all sounding completely different from each other but nonetheless great.

After listening to the unfinished edits and with collaborations with the likes of Pharrell Williams, the xx, Peter Gabriel and French electronic duo Cassius, it is clear that OneRepublic’s fourth studio album will be their most eclectic to date. IBTimes UK was fortunate enough to attend the press event and spoke to Tedder about the new chapter in OneRepublic’s career. Describing the new album, the music maestro said: “It’s a playlist. I know there are hits on the album so the world will ultimately decide what the biggest songs are. I know just from years of doing this, I know what we have.

*ibtimes.co.uk