When Radiohead surprised us all with the release of The King of Limbs earlier this year, there was a general feeling of discontent with the new material after that weeks frantic hype and the magnificence that was In Rainbows. This sparked numerous rumours of another album to drop in conjunction with the newspaper edition of the album that is coming this May.
Unfortunately, I can now confirm that there will be no new album. Speaking on BBC 6 music, guitarist Ed O’Brien said, “There are songs that we have started, that we never finished, but there’s not like seven or eight finished songs waiting in the wings to be released now, or in the autumn, or something”. Bit of a shame, I know.
However, its not all bad news, Radiohead lovers. Two new tracks have been released for Record Store Day. ‘Supercollider’ and ‘The Butcher’ are the aforementioned songs, both being worked on during The King of Limbs sessions.
‘Supercollider’ is a slow paced, synthy affair, all atmospheric and ever building. Uneasy lyrically, but steady and pulsating as it just passes the seven minute mark. One of those growers, that will click with you after multiple plays. ‘The Butcher’ is much more accessible, featuring the jittery beat-work that Radiohead display so well of late. Listen for the drums to kick, takes it up a whole level. These are songs that carry on the general awkward, electronic approach of TKOL.
So that appears to be the conclusion to the over excited release of new Radiohead material in 2011. I for one, feel satisfied. I couldn’t ignore the want for another In Rainbows, but Radiohead, as we all know, are a band who do what they want musically and care little for the easiest route. Maybe there will be a twist in May come the newspaper edition but I’m not holding my breath.