Reported via Wired:
Radiohead fans got a surprise this week when the band’s PolyFauna app—released in February, using music and visuals from their 2011 album The King of Limbs—was updated to offer the first new music from the band in three years.
The new tunes come via an update to the app that went out on Monday. For the most part the new music is just an atmospheric assemblage of beats and singing, but could signal where the band is headed musically…
Radiohead is far from the first band to release their own app. PolyFauna echoes in many ways Bjork’s Biophilia app from 2011, but it also follows the release of apps from Lady Gaga and One Direction amongst others. Given the band’s previous experiments with the internet—remember the pay-what-you-want experiment forIn Rainbows?—we can only hope that this is the first of many new online experiments from Radiohead over the next few months.
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Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwood (bass), Phil Selway (drums, percussion), and Ed O’Brien (guitar, backing vocals).
Radiohead released their debut single “Creep” in 1992. The song was initially unsuccessful, but it became a worldwide hit several months after the release of their debut album, Pablo Honey (1993). Radiohead’s popularity 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 greater international fame. Featuring an expansive sound and themes of modern alienation, OK Computer is often acclaimed as one of the landmark records of the 1990s.
Kid A (2000) and Amnesiac (2001) marked a dramatic evolution in Radiohead’s musical style, as the group incorporated experimentalelectronic music, krautrock and jazz influences. Hail to the Thief (2003), a mix of piano and guitar driven rock, electronics, and lyrics inspired by war, was the band’s final album for their major record label, EMI. Radiohead initially self-released their seventh album In Rainbows (2007) as a digital 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, which the band released independently.
Radiohead have sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, with the band’s work being placed highly in both listener polls and critics’ lists; they have the distinction of doing so in both the 1990s and 2000s. In 2005, Radiohead were ranked number 73 inRolling Stone‘s list of “The Greatest Artists of All Time”, while Jonny Greenwood (48th) and Ed O’Brien were both included in Rolling Stone’s list of greatest guitarists, and Thom Yorke (66th) in their list of greatest singers. In 2009, Rolling Stone readers voted the group the second best artist of the 2000s.