Thom Yorke reveals new solo ‘political’ album is on the way

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Thom Yorke is a master of public relations; skillfully playing the game to promote not one, but two new projects. During an interview to promote tomorrow’s release of the movie he scored,Suspiria, a remake of a 70’s Italian horror flick, the Radiohead frontman dropped a hint that he has a new solo album on the way.

In an interview with Spain’s El Mundo, which I was able to decipher thanks to some translating help from Google and my Uncle Alfredo, Thom revealed he was “trying to finish a record” with Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich.

The solo effort would be Thom’s third, his first since 2014’s Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes. And while Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes took a bit of unpacking to understand all the themes on it, Thom is being more forward with the tone of this new project, surprise: it’s political. “I didn’t have the wish to make politically charged music, but everything I do goes that way anyways,” explains Yorke adding that parts of the album were inspired by the looming Brexit in his native England.

As far as the sound of the new project Yorke characterized it as being more electronic than anything he has done up to this point. For an indication of what the album might sound like Yorke has been playing new songs on tour during solo shows, one of which you can check out below.

To hear some of the new material live catch Thom on tour December 15th when he stops by the Bill Graham Civic in San Francisco. For tickets click here.


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