Radiohead's "Twisted Words" are getting fans in a tornado of excitement.
Sometime on Tuesday evening, a track "These Are My Twisted Words," credited to Radiohead, started making the rounds on "utopian" Torrent tracker What.cd. You can stream the track below.
UPDATE: Be sure to check out our Monday follow-up story here.
Users on AtEaseWeb, a Radiohead fan site, caught wind, further disseminated the track, and uncovered a description within the data of the track, including a release date, Aug. 17, a release title, "Wall of Ice," and a data "poem," which is not the lyrics to the song:
i just wanted to reassure readers
that following representations
that before your very eyes
behind the wall of ice
that the box is not under threat
however they are set to remove
in fact i have the list in front of me
i went to a briefing on their plans
and challenged them to tell me
exactly what the cost would be
they spoke in broad terms
The genre for the track was specified as "doomcore, folktronica, ukf" and further says "we're looking for: talented puppeteers
worms, disgruntled executives, sacked flies."
The band has made no statement about it, nor has its PR handlers, but the track hasn't been suppressed, either. YouTube, torrent sites, blogs and (ahem) online magazines have really let this thing loose.
The original leak came from a user called "crza," and was his first post. "There is apparently evidence that connects the file data (specifically, the ISRC field) of These Are My Twisted Words with the only 'official' recent Radiohead release, Harry Patch (In Memory of)," says an article in the Guardian. "Some fans say they were created on the same computer."
On its face, the song is just so massively, totally Radiohead (who else has that close-eyed croon other than Thom Yorke?), and comes only a week after the group released "Harry Patch (In Memory Of)," a track that Yorke and Johnny Greenwood only recently recorded.
The band has said it's gone back to the studio with Nigel Godrich, but Yorke recently told The Believer magazine (via Stereogum) that it doesn't plan to release albums like it has in the past. "None of us want to go into that creative hoo-ha of a long-play record again. Not straight off," Yorke says. "We've actually got a good plan, but I can't tell you what it is, because someone will rip it off. But we've got this great idea for putting things out."
Then again, Yorke speaks his mind on this very concept: "I mean, I don't spend my fucking life downloading free MP3s, because I hate the websites. No one seems to know what they're talking about."
Undoubtedly, more will be known by time the band takes the stage for a few, rare dates in the UK on Aug. 21. Perhaps they'll even premiere some new songs live.
Starting with 2007 "In Rainbows," its first album since departing former label home EMI, Radiohead's released its music pretty much however it damn well pleases.
But Yorke has gone on his own to release a solo track for the Mark Mulcahy tribute and for the forthcoming "Twilight Saga: New Moon" soundtrack. The only Radiohead-dubbed new release is "Harry Patch." This song doesn't at all sound like something that would come from their pre-EMI backcatalog, which the label would then own, but you never know.
So here's looking at Monday, Aug. 17, which could be Radiohead's idea of April Fools, somebody else's idea of a mean trick or the opening of the new chapter on the British band's "great idea."
Just for kicks, a little fun fact: the Flat Earth Society -- folks, back in the day, who thought that Earth was flat -- said that the oceans were kept in place by a 150-foot wall of ice. Radiohead are known to be environmental activists, so perhaps its a statement on what happens with the ice melts?
My own brain just melted, I need a nap.