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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Radiohead Release New Album

On Sunday night, the long-awaited ninth album was released by Radiohead, which is called A Moon Shaped Pool. While the album has been made available on Tidal, Apple Music and iTunes, it is nowhere to be found on Spotify. Earlier on Sunday, the album was posted mistakenly on Google Play, but was taken down soon and hasn’t been seen on the platform since then. The release of the album was announced on Twitter by the Oxford Group. Movement had been expected by fans from the band as all content had been deleted from their website last weekend.

Then, on Tuesday, a video of Burn the Witch, a new song from the album was posted by the band. Animation is used in the video in the style of the children’s animations that were made in the 1960s called Trumptonshire trilogy and it has garnered more than 10 million views on YouTube since it was posted. Virpi Kettu, the animator, stated that the band wished to increase the awareness of a very important issue i.e. blaming various people like blaming Muslims, which metaphorically leads people to ‘Burn the Witch’.

Another track was released on Saturday called Daydreaming. Paul Thomas Anderson directed the video for the song and some of his other works include There Will Be Blood and Boogie Nights. The video is six-and-a-half minute long and shows Thom Yorke, the frontman, walking through different spaces like an empty home, a hotel corridor, a shop floor, a snowy mountain, a vacant car park, a forest, a beach and a hospital. It took only 24 hours for the video to garner more than 3 million views on YouTube.

The last album by the band was released in 2011 and was called The King of Limbs. The band members had been working on solo projects after that. Phil Selway, the drummer, had released his second solo album in 2014 titled Weatherhouse. Yorke also released a solo album the same year by the name of Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes and he also toured and recorded with Nigel Godrich, Flea, Mauro Refosco and Joey Waronker on the Atoms for Peace project. You can also download the Radiohead album from and it will be available on CD and vinyl from mid-June onwards.

A special edition can be acquired by fans for $86.50, which comprises of 11 tracks across one CD and two pieces of vinyl, a digital download available right away, another CD with extra tracks and about 32 pieces of artwork. The package will be shipped in September and also includes about a half-inch of mastertape that was a part of an actual recording session of Radiohead. The 11 tracks of the new album are listed below:

Ful Stop
True Love Waits
Decks Dark
Glass Eyes
Burn the Witch
Present Tense
Desert Island Disk
Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Thief
The Numbers

The shortest track of the album is Glass Eyes, which is about 2 minutes and 52 seconds long while the longest song is Ful Stop at 6 minutes and 7 seconds. 

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