Download The New Radiohead Single ‘Burn The Witch’
The track bridges symphonics, electronics, and acoustic-oriented rock, and it’s matched with Chris Hopewell’s Wicker Man-inspired claymation visions. “This is a roundup,” Thom Yorke intones. “This is a low-flying panic attack.” Watch below.
Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards),Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwood (bass), Phil Selway (drums, percussion, backing vocals) and Ed O’Brien (guitar, backing vocals). They have worked with producer Nigel Godrich and cover artist Stanley Donwood since 1994.
Radiohead released their debut single “Creep” in 1992. It became a worldwide hit after the release of the band’s debut album, Pablo Honey (1993). Their popularity and critical standing rose in the United Kingdom with the release of their second album, The Bends (1995). Radiohead’s third album, OK Computer(1997), propelled them to international fame; with an expansive sound and themes of modern alienation, it is often acclaimed as a landmark record of the 1990sand one of the best albums of all time.
Kid A (2000) and Amnesiac (2001) marked a dramatic evolution in Radiohead’s style, as they incorporated influences from experimental electronic music, 20th-century classical music, krautrock, and jazz. Despite initially dividing fans and critics, Kid A was later named the best album of the decade by Rolling Stone,Pitchfork and the Times. Hail to the Thief (2003), a mix of rock and electronic music with lyrics inspired by the War on Terror, was the band’s final album for their record label, EMI; their subsequent releases have been self-released. Radiohead released their seventh album, In Rainbows (2007), as a download for which customers could set their own price, to critical and chart success. Their eighth album, The King of Limbs (2011), was an exploration of rhythm and quieter textures. Their ninth album is expected in 2016.
Radiohead have sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. Their work places highly in both listener polls and critics’ lists of the best music of the 1990s and 2000s. In 2005, they were ranked 73rd in Rolling Stone‘s list of “The Greatest Artists of All Time”; Jonny Greenwood (48th) and O’Brien were both included in Rolling Stone‘s list of greatest guitarists, and Yorke (66th) in their list of greatest singers. In 2009, Rolling Stone readers voted the group the second best artist of the 2000s
In April 2016, XL Recordings purchased Radiohead’s back catalogue from Warner Music Group (WMG). The catalogue was recorded under Parlophone, before Radiohead’s recording contract ended with the release of Hail to the Thief in 2003, and sold approximately 115,000 units in 2015. As part of WMG’s purchase of Parlophone in 2013, WMG made an agreement with the independent music label trade groupImpala to reach distribution agreements with independent labels for the 11,000 acquired acts, which required artist approval. XL Recordings has released the physical editions of every Radiohead release sinceIn Rainbows, along with Atoms for Peace and some of Yorke’s solo work. As a result of the purchase, the “special editions” of the albums, issued by WMG in the mid-2000s without Radiohead’s approval, were removed from streaming services.
On 30 April fans who had previously made orders from Radiohead received embossed cards with lyrics from a new song, “Burn the Witch“. On 1 May 2016, Radiohead deleted all content from their website and social media profiles, replacing them with blank images. “Burn the Witch” was released on 3 May, accompanied by a stop-motion animated music video.