Experimental British rockers Radiohead released a song entitled Burn The Witch recently but kept fans hanging on for details of its long-awaited new album.
The four-minute song, which also has a music video, was released on the band’s website. It opens with an idyllic English village scene which soon spirals into nightmarish images of persecution.
It features stop-motion models reminiscent of 1960s British children’s television shows and also seems to have been influenced by the classic horror film The Wicker Man.
Burn The Witch includes the band’s signature dark and cryptic lyrics, with lines including, “Shoot the messenger, this is a low-flying panic attack”, and, “Stay in the shadows, cheer the gallows, this is a round-up”.
The Guardian newspaper’s review of the song called it “thrilling – a burst of taut, tense music, driven by pizzicato strings that had more in common with conventional rock than some hints had led us to believe”.
Radiohead released Spectre – a song it wrote for the last James Bond film but was rejected in favour of Sam Smith’s Writing’s On The Wall – as a free download on Dec 25 last year.
Its last proper single release came in 2011, from the last album The King Of Limbs. Radiohead is expected to release a new album imminently and has left a series of clues in recent days which have fuelled fans’ anticipation.
The band’s social media profiles went blank on May 2, while some British fans were mailed a mysterious leaflet in the post which said “Sing The Song Of Sixpence That Goes Burn The Witch We Know Where You Live”.
Radiohead will play a series of concerts in six cities around the world from May 20 and appear at eight festivals later this year.
The five-piece band, who has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide since 1993, has not released any details of its next album other than to confirm that they have been in the studio. AFP Relaxnews
Alicia Keys returns with In Common
Alicia Keys has returned, releasing her new track In Common reports Pitchfork. The singer released a Snapchat video recently teasing fans that new music was on its way, finally releasing the song on May 3 on her YouTube channel.
The track’s release comes ahead of her performance on Saturday Night Live on May 7.
The new single is available now on Apple Music and Spotify (as well as on YouTube), with a new album expected to drop later this year. Her last studio album was 2012’s Girl On Fire. – AFP Relaxnews