Radiohead Releases New Album Over Weekend
We didn’t even have that much time to get excited. We are though, big time. Indie rock demigods and VSQ favorites, Radiohead, released their new album The King of Limbs last weekend, along with the album’s first single, “Lotusflower,” and its corresponding video. This material comes a full day earlier than the band had previously announced. This barrage of new material comes only five days after the legendary English act announced that they even had a new album in the works. The King of Limbs is the band’s eighth studio album and latest release since 2007’s In Rainbows. Radiohead broke musical boundaries in 2007 by allowing fans to pay whatever they wanted for In Rainbows. Such is not the case with The King of Limbs, which is available on Radiohead’s website for a fixed price of $9 for an MP3 download and $14 for a higher quality WAV download. For fans of the tangible, the album is also available for $48 or $53 for corresponding versions of the so-called “Newspaper Album,” which includes two vinyl 10-inches, the physical compact disc, a full digital download and artwork. These products will not be shipped until May 9. The King of Limbs, eight tight tracks of mellow atmospheric noise and percussion, is far less raucous and rock and roll in sound and scope than In Rainbows and 2003’s Hail to the Thief. The album is more closely resembles lead singer Thom Yorke’s 2006 solo effort The Eraser. Check out a (much) peppier than usual Yorke dancing around in a bowler hat in the black and white “Lotusflower” video. It’s strangely captivating. Watch: “Lotusflower” Be sure to check out our Vitamin String Quartet Tribute to Radiohead here.