Radiohead released the digital version of its ninth studio album, titled A Moon Shaped Pool, on Sunday (May 8th). The set is available to download through iTunes as well as the band’s website, and can be streamed via Apple Music, Amazon and Tidal. There’s no word on when it would be streaming on Spotify or Soundcloud, although a rep for Spotify told Billboard.com that they would stream it “as soon as we can.” Radiohead did not comment on its choice of streaming options.
CD and vinyl editions are available for pre-order and will be available on June 17th through XL Recordings, along with a special edition combining both. The special edition contains bonus non-album tracks as well as 32 pages of artwork and a piece of a Radiohead half-inch master tape from an actual recording session, all of which is contained in special packaging. Each sliver of master tape will contain about three-quarters of a second of something from any Radiohead recording session dating back to 2000’s Kid A album.
- Drummer Phil Selway told us a while back about the band’s expectations for each new record. [“I think actually coming to terms with the whole recording process and feeling… experimenting — that’s one of our ambitions — being better musicians, as well.”] SOUNDCUE (:14 OC: . . . musicians as well.)
- The full album release was preceded by two singles, “Burn The Witch” and “Daydreaming,” the latter accompanied by a video directed by filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, director of Boogie Nights and Inherent Vice.
- Diffuser noted that the new disc features a number of songs that have appeared in Radiohead live sets over the years, including “True Love Waits,” “Desert Island Disk,” “Present Tense,” “Identikit” and “Ful Stop.”
- Radiohead sent 35-millimeter prints of “Daydreaming” to selected movie theaters that still use old-fashioned movie projectors to play in front of features. Theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Texas and other locations received copies of the clip.
- Radiohead already has a number of tour dates lined up, mostly in Europe, but will play two gigs in New York on July 26th and 27th, headline Lollapalooza in Chicago on the 29th, play two shows in Los Angeles on August 4th and 8th, and headline San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival on August 6th. The band has enlisted Portishead drummer Clive Deamer to play alongside Selway on tour.
LISTENERS’ POLL: Did you download the new Radiohead album and what did you think of it?
CHECK IT OUT: Watch the video for “Burn The Witch”:
Here’s the video for “Daydreaming”:
Here’s the album art:
Here’s the special edition:
INTERNET COMMENTS at Billboard and Rolling Stone — agree or not?
kevin adama wrote: “Radiohead set a new benchmark with this album. Its just fantastic.”
Landon Donavan wrote: “The level of craftsmanship on this album is as high as it gets. if you like it or not, simple fact is that no band out there has the ability and creativity to make such an album.”
peter kacprzynski wrote: “i can’t stop listening to this album. I’m on my 9th listen and it seriously gets better every damn time.”
Droppo wrote: “Kinda dull, but…it IS Radiohead, so…”
Jackowacko1055 wrote: “Gorgeous album, I really love it. It’s not nearly as lively as OK Computer or In Rainbows, but it doesn’t try to be. It’s a masterpiece of modern minimalism. A great record, among Radiohead’s best.”
W. Roberts wrote: “Masterpiece? Sophomoric and sterile feel was so 90’s. Too bad these cats who receive so much accolades fail to produce anything that swings.”