Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

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Just tweeted: "Our album will be released digitally on May 8th."

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Friday, 6 May 2016 15:03 (four years ago) link

And the email I just got says physical versions will be out June 17.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Friday, 6 May 2016 15:04 (four years ago) link

No title or any other info, though.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Friday, 6 May 2016 15:04 (four years ago) link

I was half expecting them to release it track by track over several weeks.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Friday, 6 May 2016 15:06 (four years ago) link

seems like this album is going to focus on Jonny's orchestrations
― ufo, Friday, May 6, 2016 10:06 AM (2 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

this is what i was hoping for

global tetrahedron, Friday, 6 May 2016 15:08 (four years ago) link

On first listen, I really like 'Daydreaming'. Very In Rainbows. This is what Radiohead are good at these days.

TARANTINO! (dog latin), Friday, 6 May 2016 15:19 (four years ago) link

Underwhelming for me, a bit wispy and structureless. Certainly some pretty sections.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Friday, 6 May 2016 15:21 (four years ago) link

those snoring noises at the end... they turn into a backwards voice. what's it saying?

TARANTINO! (dog latin), Friday, 6 May 2016 15:24 (four years ago) link

whoa i really loved that

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Friday, 6 May 2016 15:29 (four years ago) link

those snoring noises at the end... they turn into a backwards voice. what's it saying?

I was asking myself the same thing. I guess "Burn the Pitchfork" will do another "deconstructing RH" article soon. Did anyone notice the director of the video btw?

EvR, Friday, 6 May 2016 15:30 (four years ago) link

those snoring noises at the end... they turn into a backwards voice. what's it saying?

― TARANTINO! (dog latin), Friday, 6 May 2016 16:24 (7 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

It's sounds a bit like "warm by the fire", I don't know whether I've just tied it into what's happening at that point in the video

I really like Daydreaming anyway

ultros ultros-ghali, Friday, 6 May 2016 15:33 (four years ago) link

I hope he's saying 'fremme neppa vennette'

TARANTINO! (dog latin), Friday, 6 May 2016 15:35 (four years ago) link

I'm excited about this album based on these two songs. It's good stuff.

jmm, Friday, 6 May 2016 15:36 (four years ago) link

And there was me thinking I wouldn't be excited by a new Radiohead album again.

Prefer that they concentrate on doing 'just good songs' this time round rather than sweating over being cutting edge, which is what this sounds like so far.

TARANTINO! (dog latin), Friday, 6 May 2016 15:37 (four years ago) link

The first RH video to be released on a Friday?

Video meets the vibe of Anderson's own "Punch-Drunk Love".

EvR, Friday, 6 May 2016 15:44 (four years ago) link

Daydreaming is nice and now I'm optimistic this one will be better than The King of Limbs (which wasn't that bad)

I'm glad they seem to be focusing on the orchestral arrangements, it's a sensible direction for them to go in - a new focus for them but yeah, not worrying about being cutting edge or anything.

ufo, Friday, 6 May 2016 15:45 (four years ago) link

those snoring noises at the end... they turn into a backwards voice. what's it saying?

― TARANTINO! (dog latin), Friday, 6 May 2016 16:24 (7 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

It's sounds a bit like "warm by the fire", I don't know whether I've just tied it into what's happening at that point in the video

I'm working on ProTools at home today so I just grabbed the clip and flipped it, results are inconclusive

MaresNest, Friday, 6 May 2016 16:09 (four years ago) link

Releasing an album on a Monday like the good lord intended.

Matt DC, Friday, 6 May 2016 16:18 (four years ago) link

love Daydreaming, love it so much. if we re polled them, it would be in my top 10.

Van Horn Street, Friday, 6 May 2016 17:04 (four years ago) link

Disc: 1
The Hoosiers - Worried About Ray
Groove Armada - Song 4 Mutya (Out of Control)
Scouting For Girls - She's So Lovely
Mark Ronson featuring Daniel Merriweather - Stop Me
Blur - Tender
Lily Allen - LDN
Corinne Bailey Rae - Like A Star
Alanis Morissette - Crazy (James Michael Mix)
The Zutons - Why Won't You Give Me Your Love?
The View - Wasted Little DJ's
The Thrills - One Horse Town
Mumm-ra - She's Got You High
Starsailor - Silence Is Easy
The Clash - Should I Stay Or Should I Go
Badly Drawn Boy - Something To Talk About
R.E.M - What's The Frequency, Kenneth?
Editors - Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors
Paolo Nutini - Jenny Don't Be Hasty
Damien Rice - Cannonball
Peter, Bjorn And John (featuring Victoria Bergsman) - Young Folks
Disc: 2
Newton Faulkner - Dream Catch Me
The Fray - Over My Head (Cable Car)
Coldplay - Yellow
Jack Peñate - Torn On The Platform
KT Tunstall - Other Side Of The World
Manic Street Preachers featuring Nina Persson - Your Love Alone Is Not Enough
Kings Of Leon - On Call
John Mayer - Your Body Is A Wonderland
Jeff Buckley - Everybody Here Wants You
Aqualung - Pressure Suit
Embrace – Ashes
The Magic Numbers - Love Me Like You
Stereophonics - Dakota
Lou Reed - Walk On The Wild Side
Primal Scream - Rocks
The Pigeon Detectives - Take Her Back
The Holloways - Generator
Reverend & The Makers - Heavyweight Champion Of The World
Travis - Why Does It Always Rain On Me?
Gorillaz - Dare

dat login (wins), Friday, 6 May 2016 17:06 (four years ago) link

This sounds like the first, orchestral version of Arpeggi with a little Neil Young. If all the album is going to be filled with this gorgeously odd arrangements this will probably be better than In Rainbows.

There were rumours about them being joined by a string quartet this tour. I'd pay good money to hear 'pyramid song' and 'how to dissapear completely' with strings A small orchestra joining them would be great live, it could give some interesting variations on their old songs too if they use them the whole concert, imagine the last minutes of National Anthem or Paranoid Android live with a string section joining them!

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 6 May 2016 17:16 (four years ago) link

I haven't heard any of the new material yet, mainly because Radiohead are an albums band and I want to hear the new album completely fresh without knowing any of the cuts on it beforehand.

i like Daydreaming a lot but i wonder if the whole album will be nothing-y vocal melodies with beautiful orchestration?

sam jax sax jam (Jordan), Friday, 6 May 2016 17:36 (four years ago) link

Shit, is Phil a fucking vampire!?

Kinda unfair that they made Phil's head bigger than the others

MaresNest, Friday, 6 May 2016 18:30 (four years ago) link

Coz looking hawt in the disheveled look, the others could use a little trimming to look less like hermits. Phil is indeed a vampire.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 6 May 2016 18:42 (four years ago) link

Thom is starting to look like Beth Gibbons with facial hair.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 6 May 2016 18:43 (four years ago) link

leagues ahead of King of Limbs. really can't wait. this rules

flappy bird, Friday, 6 May 2016 19:00 (four years ago) link

I love to daydream, but daydreaming does nothing for me

calstars, Friday, 6 May 2016 20:23 (four years ago) link

This sounds like the first, orchestral version of Arpeggi with a little Neil Young. If all the album is going to be filled with this gorgeously odd arrangements this will probably be better than In Rainbows.

There were rumours about them being joined by a string quartet this tour. I'd pay good money to hear 'pyramid song' and 'how to dissapear completely' with strings A small orchestra joining them would be great live, it could give some interesting variations on their old songs too if they use them the whole concert, imagine the last minutes of National Anthem or Paranoid Android live with a string section joining them!

― ✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, May 6, 2016 12:16 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

hell yes

6 god none the richer (m bison), Saturday, 7 May 2016 05:15 (four years ago) link

"daydreaming" reminds me a little of some caribou songs (toward the end especially) where there's some buildup and ambient elements but never fully goes into catharsis with drums and hella loudness.

6 god none the richer (m bison), Saturday, 7 May 2016 05:18 (four years ago) link

Apparently backwards message is "half of my life'

http://vocaroo.com/i/s18NczYOIA0P

Idk sound like some exorcist movie shit.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 7 May 2016 07:35 (four years ago) link

I tried pitching it up also, which didn't make it any clearer but it did reveal other voice samples (probably saying the same thing) that were even lower, it just made it all more difficult to hear however.

http://vocaroo.com/i/s0jI8TWUzHsI

MaresNest, Saturday, 7 May 2016 07:59 (four years ago) link

ugh please don't compare thus to Caribou, even if it is true. Some things are better left unsaid. Now I come to think about it, the whole problem with TKOL was that it sounded like the product of Thom sitting around listening to tons of funkless, meandering post-IDM.

TARANTINO! (dog latin), Saturday, 7 May 2016 08:46 (four years ago) link

Heaven forbid that one should compare Radiohead to a much loved and acclaimed artist that they've taken on tour, commissioned remixes from, and stated as an influence.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Saturday, 7 May 2016 09:10 (four years ago) link

I was wondering if there is anybody here who is just fully into all of Radiohead's direction post HTTT?

MaresNest, Saturday, 7 May 2016 09:14 (four years ago) link

Why does Cheerful Thom Yorke look like a registered sex offender, guyz?

David Goey (King Boy Pato), Saturday, 7 May 2016 09:44 (four years ago) link

i........really like this latest song

muuuuch better than burn the witch

:D

nakhchivan, Saturday, 7 May 2016 10:39 (four years ago) link

Why does Cheerful Thom Yorke look like a registered sex offender, guyz?

― David Goey (King Boy Pato), Saturday, 7 May 2016 10:44 (55 minutes ago)

tbf hes got a way to go before he gets to this

https://twitter.com/metpoliceuk/status/728565825033129984

nakhchivan, Saturday, 7 May 2016 10:43 (four years ago) link

i like Daydreaming a lot but i wonder if the whole album will be nothing-y vocal melodies with beautiful orchestration?

― sam jax sax jam (Jordan), Friday, May 6, 2016 1:36 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I'd enjoy this, and I'd also enjoy them trying to be "cutting edge," but I'll be disappointed if it's an OKC retread. I like "Daydreaming" but not so much "Burn The Witch," which reminds me why I don't like mopey, pretentious pre- Kid A Radiohead

Wimmels, Saturday, 7 May 2016 13:45 (four years ago) link

Ha, I find Daydreaming more mopey and pretentious than Burn the Witch

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Saturday, 7 May 2016 14:11 (four years ago) link

I have a feeling it won't be anything like OK Computer. I don't think Radiohead could be themselves circa 1997 even if they tried. They've spent so much time moving away from that record that I think they've forgotten how to be that band. It just wouldn't come naturally to them now.

But... could you imagine a formation in your lemonade? Ho! (Turrican), Saturday, 7 May 2016 15:42 (four years ago) link

this is good

akm, Saturday, 7 May 2016 18:17 (four years ago) link

Both of the singles sound really good to me, I could hear "Daydreaming" as an opener and "Burn the Witch" as 2nd track.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Saturday, 7 May 2016 19:18 (four years ago) link

defintely see the Caribou vibe in "Daydreaming", also recalls the sort of Klangfarbenmelodie'd arpeggio going on in "The Rip" by Portishead.. though it feels troubled

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Saturday, 7 May 2016 20:27 (four years ago) link

hoping for more IDM (percussive) elements, but something with more impact than the general vibe of TKoL

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Saturday, 7 May 2016 20:29 (four years ago) link

very high

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 1 August 2018 19:52 (two years ago) link

Vaguely recall talk of scaling back touring when AMSP came out, they didn’t do many shows in America in 2016 iirc but they have hit the road since then more than they let on. Also you just never know - they’re all 50 or approaching, and the gaps between albums get longer and longer.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 1 August 2018 19:58 (two years ago) link

I think that every time they say it might be their last album, but that's just what they need to tell themselves in order to do it.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 1 August 2018 20:06 (two years ago) link

flappy you will see them

sleepy sweet (Ross), Wednesday, 1 August 2018 20:14 (two years ago) link

ten months pass...

revisited this the other day and it's def my favorite radiohead album after in rainbows. the subduedness of it allows them to breach a different atmosphere than their records usually occupy, especially the way their interplay sometimes takes on the tremble and glow of a campfire on "desert island disk" and "present tense," instruments flickering gently against an enormous darkness. i love that they lined up all the most intense songs in the middle, and the sequencing overall is p outstanding, it makes each song feel like a doorway to the next

american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 3 June 2019 01:08 (one year ago) link

Definitely in my Top 5 Radiohead albums.

piscesx, Monday, 3 June 2019 01:20 (one year ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hgVihWjK2c

this was the best thing to come out of it imo

ufo, Monday, 3 June 2019 01:27 (one year ago) link

I love Thom's little pre-song stances there

Simon H., Monday, 3 June 2019 02:11 (one year ago) link

and yes the sequencing is really something; normally putting a droning ballad like "Daydreaming" as your second track would be a pacing disaster, but it's a necessary readjustment following "Burn the Witch", which is such an outlier that it only makes sense as the opener. I bet that was a tough call!

Simon H., Monday, 3 June 2019 02:21 (one year ago) link

Album gets so much better after the first track

It's aged well (so far) imo

Paul Ponzi, Monday, 3 June 2019 10:12 (one year ago) link

I still like it, but at this stage it's my second least favourite after The King of Limbs.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Monday, 3 June 2019 16:27 (one year ago) link

It's my fifth favourite in a ranking I just did in my head.

chap, Monday, 3 June 2019 16:35 (one year ago) link

this album is so good that i can't even rate it.

it's like, ya i love amnesiac and kid a so much and those records changed my life so much in so many different ways. and in rainbows! that album!

but it's like, even with all that. . . i still consider moon shaped pool to be something else entirely.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Monday, 3 June 2019 16:48 (one year ago) link

its still my #2 after kid a

be the 2 chainz you want 2 see in the world (m bison), Monday, 3 June 2019 17:32 (one year ago) link

It came out right as my 20 year marriage / 25 year relationship was breaking down so as you can imagine it hits pretty hard at times. I almost never play Burn the Witch - it's a fine song but it's not what I want when I cue up AMSP.

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Monday, 3 June 2019 23:04 (one year ago) link

I said it back then (probably said it up-thread) but "Burn The Witch" sounds like it's from another album entirely, and even though I don't dislike it, it's a total misstep as a first track.

Give this a try: start the album with 'Daydreaming,' and slot in 'Ill Wind' where it fits in alphabetically between 'Identikit' and 'The Numbers'. (Relegate 'Burn The Witch' to a bonus track, with 'Spectre'.). It makes a really fantastic record almost perfect, at least in terms of coherence and flow.

That version of 'A Moon Shaped Pool' is my second favorite Radiohead album (as a nerd who bought 'The Bends' on day-of-release and made b-side mix tapes for my friends through high-school). Heck, might be my #1 favorite...

Soundslike, Wednesday, 5 June 2019 01:51 (one year ago) link

There should be more albums with the tracks sequenced in alphabetical order, IMO.

Flood-Resistant Mirror-Drilling Machine (rushomancy), Wednesday, 5 June 2019 02:00 (one year ago) link

tbh I like "Burn the Witch" as opener and I feel like they drew straws to see whether "Ill Wind" or "Identikit" would make the proper tracklist cause I find them quite similar

Simon H., Wednesday, 5 June 2019 03:08 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

I said it back then (probably said it up-thread) but "Burn The Witch" sounds like it's from another album entirely, and even though I don't dislike it, it's a total misstep as a first track.
Today I learned that Colin Greenwood posted a blackboard full of songs in rehearsal for the upcoming In Rainbows, in 2005. Number 18 is "Burn the Witch".
https://citizeninsane.eu/sessions/07/img/2005-09-30.jpg

assert (MatthewK), Sunday, 29 November 2020 23:38 (three months ago) link

May or may not be musically related, they are known recyclers of titles (e.g. Reckoner). That is neat though!

american primitive stylophone (zchyrs), Sunday, 29 November 2020 23:53 (three months ago) link

ooh wonder what became of "fela kuti thing"

discourse stu (m bison), Sunday, 29 November 2020 23:54 (three months ago) link

I bet it ended up as "Feral"

assert (MatthewK), Monday, 30 November 2020 01:30 (three months ago) link

or actually "Bloom" feels a bit more Fela to me

assert (MatthewK), Monday, 30 November 2020 01:53 (three months ago) link

"burn the witch" had been floating around since at least httt, there was an early draft of the lyrics on their website at the time. thom also mentioned it on the radiohead blog a bunch of times from 2005-2007, including posting parts of the lyrics and mentioning that jonny was writing orchestration for it. there were even a few times on the in rainbows tour where thom played the opening chords to tease it in response to audience shouts for it, only to joke that they'll play it when they have an orchestra with them.

ufo, Monday, 30 November 2020 01:55 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

Relistening after a long time, on headphones. What a gorgeous record, damn.

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Saturday, 20 February 2021 22:02 (two weeks ago) link

Love the echoes of Jean-Claude Vannier and Nick Drake throughout.

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Saturday, 20 February 2021 22:09 (two weeks ago) link

elided your line to "Jean-Claude Van Damme" for a delightful moment there

assert (MatthewK), Saturday, 20 February 2021 22:15 (two weeks ago) link

That, too!

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Saturday, 20 February 2021 22:18 (two weeks ago) link

All the good albums are influenced by Jean Claude Van Damme

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 20 February 2021 22:31 (two weeks ago) link

A Moon Shaped Punch

chap, Sunday, 21 February 2021 12:43 (two weeks ago) link

it can be seen as the "JCVD" of their oeuvre

maf you one two (maffew12), Sunday, 21 February 2021 13:15 (two weeks ago) link

1. Kick the Witch
2. Daykicking
3. Kicks Dark
4. Desert Island Kicks
5. Ful Kick
6. Punched Eyes
7. Indentikick
8. The Punchers
9. Present Tense Situation
10. Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Punch
11. True Love Kicks

chap, Sunday, 21 February 2021 13:34 (two weeks ago) link

"what new could anyone possibly have to save about this album?", he thought to himself as he opened the thread.

"how foolish my thinking has been, indeed!", he said aloud upon reading the contents of the new answers.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Sunday, 21 February 2021 18:05 (two weeks ago) link

9. Present Tense Situation

On reflection this is not up to my high standards. I might need some help with it.

chap, Sunday, 21 February 2021 18:23 (two weeks ago) link

Tense Kick

✖✖✖ (Moka), Sunday, 21 February 2021 18:40 (two weeks ago) link

Timecop 2: Present Tense

✖✖✖ (Moka), Sunday, 21 February 2021 18:40 (two weeks ago) link

Presenting Punch

✖✖✖ (Moka), Sunday, 21 February 2021 18:41 (two weeks ago) link

presentensity

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Sunday, 21 February 2021 19:06 (two weeks ago) link

Punch head

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Monday, 22 February 2021 06:44 (two weeks ago) link

Some classics from the back catalogue did hint at this new direction -

Every kick in its Right Place
Roundhouse of Cards
Subterranean Spinkick Alien

chap, Monday, 22 February 2021 09:50 (two weeks ago) link

It goes back even further. Who doesn't remember Creep Up On Your Adversary And Sweep The Leg

maf you one two (maffew12), Monday, 22 February 2021 10:45 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah their second album also hinted at the influence

(Nice Kick)
My Iron Fist
Bullet Proof... I know I Am
Black Belt
Street Spirit (Punch Out)

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 22 February 2021 12:48 (two weeks ago) link

When Thom Yorke’s first solo album was announced critics and fans where nervous about the title “The Eraser” hinting he was going for a Schwarzenegger influence to separate his own brand, but relaxed when the tracklist rolled out and Black Eagle, Punches for Peace, And it Kicked All Night meant the Van Damme influence was still firm in his heart.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 22 February 2021 13:03 (two weeks ago) link

A Punchup at a Wedding

assert (MatthewK), Monday, 22 February 2021 13:04 (two weeks ago) link

Street Spirit (Punch Out)

― ✖✖✖ (Moka)

Sorry, stupid autocorrect. This is actually called “Street Fighter (Punch Out)”

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 22 February 2021 13:04 (two weeks ago) link

Kyxomatosis

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 22 February 2021 13:06 (two weeks ago) link

Pop (Your Shoulder Out Of Joint Then Snap Your Neck By Twisting Your Head Between My Palms) Is Dead

Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Monday, 22 February 2021 13:36 (two weeks ago) link

The Kick Of Limbs

Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Monday, 22 February 2021 13:37 (two weeks ago) link

Kick A

american primitive stylophone (zchyrs), Monday, 22 February 2021 16:54 (two weeks ago) link

Don't get my kicks hangin out the 15th floor

billstevejim, Monday, 22 February 2021 17:47 (two weeks ago) link


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