Enigmatic British icons Radiohead have released their second new song in a week, and finally announced to the ravenous public when their new album will be available. The band’s ninth set of studio recordings will be out at 11 a.m. PST Sunday, according to an update to the band’s website, which went live this morning.
The new song, called Daydreaming, was released by the band with a music video directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood) — a dreamy bit of cinema that follows frontman Thom Yorke as he wanders through basements, hallways, apartments, and a mountaintop, among other locales.
The new video matches the band’s mysterious aesthetic of late. The group notably removed every bit of their web presence earlier this week before releasing their first new single, Burn The Witch.
Between the two new songs, Radiohead offer fans a yin-and-yang glimpse of their new set of recordings, revised takes on two distinct eras of their own music.
Where Burn The Witch is a beat-driven single that feels like it could easily belong on the band’s 2007 release In Rainbows, Daydreaming feels like something earlier from the band — the kind of meandering, ambient ballad which would easily fit into the track list of 1997’s OK Computer.
If that trend holds for the new record — the band’s website says only that the new album will be available “Digitally” — that will mean a very widespread release from the band, which previously has made listeners purchase or download new material through its own website.
It’s time to start the countdown clock, Radiohead fans, there’s not much longer to wait!