Radiohead frontman releases new singles, talks of new album

Kevin Speirs

Thom Yorke released a two-song single to the world, seemingly out of nowhere on Sept. 21.

With Radiohead’s two gratis releases of songs, “Harry Patch, in Memory of,” and “These Are My Twisted Words,” many thought a new album would be on the way.

Yorke stated that although the band is working on new material, an album does not seem to be in the works for Radiohead. Then, on Radiohead’s Web site, he wrote to the world describing this new single that would be released a few weeks later.

Yorke detailed “Feeling Pulled Apart by Horses” as a “radical rework of an old tune that’s been kicking around without a home since 2001.”

For Radiohead enthusiasts, some may have recognized that this song was originally called “Reckoner,” but that title was given to the track on their 2007 album “In Rainbows.” “Feeling Pulled Apart by Horses” is a difficult song, seven minutes long with a driving, pulse bass line with electronic beats, kicking throughout. Thom’s vocals are full of reverb and delayed echoes, while the entire song is clouded in a whirlwind of haunting ethereal sounds.

The stronger track of the two, Thom described “the Hollow Earth” as, “a bass menace that was born out of the Eraser (Yorke’s first solo album, released in 2006) period but needed a little more time.”

Yorke’s vocals on “the Hollow Earth” are more melodic with less digital effects, but the song still manages to keep the electronic, rhythmic pulse.

Radiohead and Thom Yorke have been under scrutiny of late with their latest tactics concerning the release of their music.

From releasing two free songs over the summer, to a Thom Yorke track being put on the “Twilight” soundtrack, Radiohead keeps surprising the world. Just be happy you don’t have to wait four years in between releases.