Beloved UK band Radiohead have released their first single and video in 5 years. The song, “Burn the Witch”, precedes their long-awaited 9th album, which is due in June.
“Burn the Witch” presents a new but familiar sound for the band, featuring scarcely more than singer Thom Yorke’s voice, a drum machine and a tense, propulsive string section occasionally buoyed by Colin Greenwood’s bass. The lyrics convey the same sense of unease and dread as many of Radiohead’s songs with its short phrases and buzzwords: “Abandon all eye contact/Do not react/Shoot the messengers”; “Burn the witch/We know where you live”.
The video, which begins as a recreation of the classic parochial 1960’s UK television series “Trumpton”, slowly becomes darker and darker as it progresses until you realise the art style is just a vehicle for another homage, the 1970’s horror film “The Wicker Man”.
Radiohead’s upcoming album will be their first since 2011’s The King of Limbs. The band is embarking on a world tour that kicks off in Amsterdam on May 20.