You read that headline correctly. Though Radiohead members Philip Selway and Jonny Greenwood have commented that a new album is in the works, a bit of snooping indicates they may drop their new album later this month. Because this is Radiohead, the band music junkies take oh so seriously, we’ve linked up all the proof possible to prove our point.
Members of Radiohead’s message board, At Ease, discovered a new company created by the band called Dawn Chorus LLP. Established on October 7 of 2015, the website lists each member’s name, address, and other information. Why is this important? Because it resembles a striking similarity to the actions they took before releasing their last two albums. In July of 2007, Radiohead made a new company called Xurbia Xendless Ltd. and released In Rainbows in October of 2007. In December of 2010, they created Ticker Tape Ltd. where they distributed The King of Limbs in February of 2011. Both of those timelines indicate a three month gap between the creation of a company and the release of its subsequent album.
Let’s do the math. Dawn Chorus LLP was purchased on October 7 of last year. Fast forward three months and where does that land you? Exactly where we are right now: January 7, 2016. Technically, Radiohead’s new album could be released any day now because it’s been written, recorded, and mastered. Given drummer Philip Selway confirmed they were in the studio five months ago where they produced “lots” of material, this should come as no surprise.
Given what we know so far about their most recent songs, there’s a good chance the new album sees a return to their rock days. Maybe not Ok Computer-style rock, but somewhere between the swelling strings of “In Limbo” and muted electronics of “All I Need”–softer rock. Radiohead recorded a theme song for last year’s James Bond film called “Spectre” which, unfortunately, went unused in favor of Sam Smith’s contribution. Similar strings are likely on the album given there’s photos of an entire orchestra from their recording session. Those swelling violins would pair well with two supposed Radiohead songs—“Silent Spring” and “Desert Island Disk”—Thom Yorke played at environmental awareness concert Pathway to Paris, or the heavy instrumental direction Johnny Greenwood has been going in recently. For all we know, The King Of Limbs days are long over–as the five year gap since that album came out in 2011 would suggest.
The new company name seems to have been rattling in the band’s brains for a while. Back in 2009, Thom Yorke mentioned that he was working on a song called “Dawn Chorus” (with no direct relationship to the Boards of Canada track of the same name). That phrase pairs perfectly with “Silent Spring”, the two acting as cooperative antonyms. Consider it a jigsaw falling into place… and we’re all in the process of watching it come together.
When do you think it’s coming out? This week? Next week? Maybe on Valentine’s Day to show their love? Leave your guess in the comment section and revisit some of their finest string work, “Faust Arp”, below.
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