Radiohead has been operating from a place of mystery leading up the release of their ninth studio album. However, all mysteries must reveal themselves eventually, and Radiohead are no different. First, we finally heard a song (and saw the video) for the single “Burn The Witch.” Now, another song from the album has been unveiled, and perhaps most importantly, we have a release date for the album.
The rumors had been circulating that Radiohead’s follow up to 2011’s The King of Limbs would be coming out in June. It turns out that was not ambitious enough, as the album is being released digitally on Sunday, May 8, presumably as a gift to all the mothers of the United States. Physical copies of the still-untitled LP will drop on June 17.
We know when the album is coming out thanks to the release of the video for “Daydreaming” on Radiohead’s official YouTube channel. The video is directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, known for films such as Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, and Inherent Vice. Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood often provides music for Anderson’s films, so it is only natural for him to return the favor by directing the clip.
Unlike the “Burn the Witch” video, which was a weird, trippy, animated clip, we actually get to see Thom Yorke in the video for “Daydreaming.” However, similar to “Burn the Witch,” this song is super good. Get excited for the new Radiohead album, people, and get ready for it to drop May 8.