Confirmed: there is a new Thom Yorke solo record in the world. It’s called ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’. And the rhetoric for the release reads a lot like this:
“As an experiment we are using a new version of BitTorrent to distribute a new Thom Yorke record.
“The new Torrent files have a pay gate to access a bundle of files.
“The files can be anything, but in this case is an ‘album’.
“It’s an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around.
“If it works well it could be an effective way of handing some control of internet commerce back to people who are creating the work.
“Enabling those people who make either music, video or any other kind of digital content to sell it themselves.
“Bypassing the self-elected gate-keepers.
“If it works, anyone can do this exactly as we have done.
“The torrent mechanism does not require any server uploading or hosting costs or ‘cloud’ malarkey.
“It’s a self-contained embeddable shop front…
“The network not only carries the traffic, it also hosts the file. The file is in the network.
“Oh yes and it’s called ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes.”
The missive we’ve received is signed Thom Yorke and (producer) Nigel Godrich. And that is all we have. The news of this second solo set from the Radiohead frontman comes just days after he confirmed that his band is busy working on a new studio LP – the follow-up to their 2011 set ‘The King Of Limbs’. Yorke’s last (debut) solo album was ‘The Eraser’, released in 2006.
Let us know how you get on with ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’. Meanwhile, here’s something old, ‘Harrowdown Hill’, from ‘The Eraser’.
UPDATE: have a gander over here, and listen below.