The mystery of Thom Yorke’s secret new record has been solved: the Radiohead frontman has announced the release of his sophomore solo album, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes.
Once again, Yorke has come up with an inventive way to distribute the album. It’s being released through BitTorrent, a move which he says, if successful, could revolutionize the music industry. Click here to download the album now.
“It’s an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around,” Yorke explained in an issued statement. “If it works well it could be an effective way of handing some control of internet commerce back to people who are creating the work. Enabling those people who make either music, video or any other kind of digital content to sell it themselves. Bypassing the self elected gate-keepers. If it works anyone can do this exactly as we have done.”
As of late, Yorke has become a particularly vocal critic of online music distribution, calling into question the royalty rates of streaming platforms such as Spotify. He and Radiohead carried out a similarly innovative release with the band’s 2007 album, In Rainbows, introducing the industry to the pay-what-you-want format.
Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes serves as the follow-up to Yorke’s debut solo LP, 2006’s The Eraser. The new album spans eight tracks and can be purchased digitally for just $6.00. It’ll also be available for purchase on 180 gram white vinyl.
The opening track “A Brain In A Bottle” and its corresponding video can be downloaded for free here
Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes Tracklist:
01. A Brain In A Bottle
02. Guess Again!
04. The Mother Lode
05. Truth Ray
06. There Is No Ice (For My Drink)
07. Pink Section
08. Nose Grows Some02 Guess Again!
The list collects the artists judged to be part of the music world’s DNA in 2014, including David Bowie, Kate Bush, Nirvana, Nick Cave, Kanye West, The Smiths, Aaliyah and Björk – the artists currently inspiring a new generation, according to NME.
The app features imagery and sounds from ‘The King Of Limbs’ track ‘Bloom’
Writing about the app at Radiohead.com, Thom Yorke explained it as “an experimental collaboration between us (Radiohead) & Universal Everything, born out of ‘The King of Limbs’ sessions and using the imagery and the sounds from the song ‘Bloom’. It comes from an interest in early computer life-experiments and the imagined creatures of our subconscious.”
He then posted instructions on how to use the app, writing: “Your screen is the window into an evolving world. Move around to look around. You can follow the red dot. You can wear headphones.” The app can be downloaded through Radiohead.com
.Last month, Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood
said that Radiohead’s plans for a new album are “up in the air” as members of the band focus on side projects. Greenwood spoke to Drowned In Sound and revealed that he and his fellow Radiohead members are looking forward to making new music together but admitted that they are enjoying some time at home as the dust settles from touring their last album, ‘The King Of Limbs’.
Quizzed on current activity in the Radiohead camp, Greenwood says: “It’s all up in the air at the minute. Thom’s just come back from touring Atoms For Peace and he’s having some quiet time. I’m sorry to be vague but we’re all just taking it easy at the moment. Just enjoying being at home and hanging out really. But at the same time, the vibe is very much Oxford and all good! It’s like that.”Maintaining that live shows remain a long way off, Greenwood continues, “I wish I could say we were going to start work and put something out then spend 12 months on the road touring but we’re just enjoying being at home right now. We had the best time when spent the last two years touring ‘The King Of Limbs’. We all really enjoyed that. It was a really positive time. We definitely want to do it all again but we’ve just got to give it some time for the dust to settle. What I’m trying to say is everyone’s very happy and positive and looking forward to the next adventure.”