Radiohead recently thrilled fans with new material. The band’s immersive app, PolyFauna, was updated to include new landscapes, effects and music. This music is reportedly sampled from their next project, which has not been officially announced or named. But this week, Thom Yorke gave a new hint via his Tumblr account. The lead rocker posted a photo of a simple white vinyl. In the background appears to be a record sleeve, attributable to his longtime collaborator Stanley Donwood.
Considering that the band only began work on new music within the last few months, it’s likely that the record has something to do with a solo project (Yorke’s side situation, Atoms For Peace, has not released updates as recently). Another possibility is that the vinyl holds the full version of the music teased on PolyFauna. But it’s highly possible that the project is related to the band as a whole, rather than Yorke alone – Nigel Godrich also tweeted a link to the image. Godrich is Radiohead’s producer and often referred to as the “sixth member of the band.” He also collaborates with Yorke in Atoms for Peace.
Jonny Greenwood has been working on something new as well. The keyboardist has just announced a performance at Manchester’s Albert Hall, where he will play with the London Contemporary Orchestra. This won’t be his first time with them – in February, the classy team played at the Wapping Hydraulic Power Station in London, where they introduced a previously unheard song. On October 10th, he will again be performing something new. Greenwood has announced “previously unreleased material,” alongside some of his most famous movie scores (from There Will Be Blood, The Master, and more). He’ll also have a vintage electronic instrument with him; for a collaboration with Steve Reich, Greenwood will play the Ondes Martenot, which went out of production in 1988.
And drummer Philip Selway also has his own project underway. He’s just announced the details for his 2015 solo UK tour. Selway’s upcoming album, Weatherhouse, is arriving October 6th, and the musician will promote his new tunes starting February 11th in London at Queen Elizabeth Hall. He will then play in Leeds at the Brudenell Social Club on the 12th, Glasgow at King Tuts on the 13th, and Manchester at Deaf Institute on the 14th.