August 14, 2009

wall of ice: a new radiohead EP on the way?

***More sketchy news re: Radiohead via the Quietus:

"This week the world has been a-flutter with the news that Radiohead might be releasing new material on Monday, August 17 after a new song seemed to appear online.

"Now, eagle-eyed observers have noticed that elements of the file and code attached to the song featured the words "wall" and "of" and "ice", and that indeed the combination of the three appeared in a mysterious poem that accomanpanied the track on back-of-the-internet-lorry site You can find all the Wall of Ice stuff hidden in the ASCII code here.

"If you therefore assume that Radiohead follow the same model as they did with In Rainbows – ie they create a website based on the title of the release – you get And that leads straight to the W. A. S. T. E. Shop. In other words, it looks very much like the rumours are true: there’s an EP coming with that title and Radiohead’s site is all set up to receive the orders via that site." Read the full article.

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This song has been circulating in the sort of frenzy you'd expect when something from Radiohead leaks. "These Are My Twisted Words" may not get a proper release (it could be Radiohead's contribution to the Twilight sequel's soundtrack; and Thom Yorke recently suggested, in an interview with The Believer, that a new LP won't be coming any time soon, but he has a habit of saying one thing and doing the opposite), but it's a damn fine song: dark, atmospheric, but mysteriously upbeat. It seems to me that "...Twisted Words" would have been quite at home on the criminally underrated b-side collection included with the deluxe edition of In Rainbows. Shame the disc didn't get a wider release.

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