Radiohead’s ninth album, which does not yet have a title, will be released at 7pm BST on 8 May, via XL Records.The Oxford group announced the news alongside a new track called Daydreaming.
A more ambient, contemplative and euphoric sound compared to the “burst of taut, tense music, driven by pizzicato strings” that filled first track Burn the Witch, Daydreaming comes with a video directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. In it, frontman Thom Yorke walks through a series of eerie spaces: a hotel corridor, an empty home, a hospital, a shop floor, a forest, a snowy mountain, a beach and a vacant car park. It loops and shifts as if trapped inside a dreamlike state until Yorke’s journey ends, curled up in a mountain cave; Jonny Greenwood’s lush orchestration adding to its cinematic suspense.
Radiohead’s last album release was 2011’s The King of Limbs. In between albums, the group’s members have concentrated on solo projects: Drummer Phil Selway released his second solo album, Weatherhouse, in 2014, while Yorke toured and recorded with Flea, Nigel Godrich, Joey Waronker and Mauro Refosco on the Atoms for Peace project. His solo album, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, was released in 2014.
Guitarist and keyboardist Jonny Greenwood meanwhile worked on scores of films,many of which have been directed by Anderson. He has also worked with a number of classical musicians, most notably the London Contemporary Orchestra - both his film soundtracks and orchestral work are evident in these two new tracks.
The album will be released in physical formats from 17 June. The group perform a series of live dates in Amsterdam, Paris, London, New York, Los Angeles and Mexico City between May and October, in addition to festivals in Lyon, Barcelona, Reykjavik, St Gallen, Lisbon, Montreal, Osaka, Tokyo and Berlin.
This article was written by Harriet Gibsone, for theguardian.com on Friday 6th May 2016 16.51 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010