A week after releasing the charity song “Harry Patch (In Memory Of)” on its website, Radiohead has mysteriously leaked another tune online.
The new track, “These Are My Twisted Words,” was posted late Wednesday night on the group’s fansite AtEaseweb.com and features a dark, Krautrock groove. Frontman Thom Yorke attached a cryptic message with the song, hinting that a new EP may arrive as soon as Monday.
The British group, which is without a major label, has suggested that it is done making full-length albums and will instead focus on smaller releases.
“None of us wants to go into that creative hoo-ha of a long-play record again. Not straight off,” Yorke recently told the Believer magazine. “I mean, it’s just become a real drag. It worked with ‘In Rainbows’ because we had a real fixed idea about where we were going. But we’ve all said that we can’t possibly dive into that again. It’ll kill us.”
In 2007, Radiohead released “In Rainbows” on its now-famous “pay-what-you-want” model until eventually distributing the album through TBD Records in the U.S. The ploy was applauded by fans and members of the press, while artists such as Sonic Youth and the Cure blasted the quintet’s actions, calling them “impious” and “egotistical.”
But perhaps there’s more to the anti-album, anti-label model after all.
According to Nielsen, sales of full-length records were down 14% in 2008, while individual tracks broke a sales mark, selling over 1 billion units, up 27% from the previous year.
And while nobody knows exactly how much Radiohead made from “In Rainbows,” Warner Chappell reported in October that the band sold more than 3 million units of the album, including CDs, vinyl, box sets and digital sales. (Box sets were sold separately for $80).
The band embarks on a European tour, beginning Aug. 21 at Austria’s Frequency Festival.