After an agonising five year wait, Radiohead’s new album, ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ is finally here. Following the release of two singles, ‘Burn The Witch’ and ‘Daydreaming’ on Friday, the band confirmed their latest record would be arriving on Sunday 8th May at 7pm sharp.
And arrive it did. At the scheduled time, ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ was made available to fans to purchase on several different digital retailers and to listen to on streaming services.
Fans had been on tenterhooks since the middle of March, for boring tax reasons. In October, just as they did ahead of 2007’s ‘In Rainbows’ and 2011’s ‘The King Of Limbs’, the band formed a new company called Dawn Chorus LLP in order to ring-fence the success or failure of this new release from their previous releases and other wealth. Having signposted a fiscally ‘streamlined’ project, there was some validity to the idea that they’d release the new album before the end of the company’s current tax year (which fell on March 31) so that they could spread tax payments on their earnings over two years rather than one. Rock’n’bankroll!
However, with that once-hopeful March date now just a distant memory, we were waiting patiently for some more rather concrete news. The most exciting update was that on 1st May, the band’s website started vanishing. One Redditor noticed the opacity on the site dropping to the point where the whole page became blank. Tweets were deleted, profile photos were replaced with blank space. Radiohead, it seems, had exited the internet.
Fans also started to receive creepy notices through the post alluding to the title of new track ‘Burn The Witch’.
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Following a week’s worth of teasers, Radiohead confirmed in a tweet that the album ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ would be released on Sunday May 8th.
Where can I listen to the new Radiohead album?
You can purchase their entire studio discography including the new album, from iTunes from this link.
The new album is also available for purchase on Amazon.
At the moment – you cannot currently buy the new album on Google Play. The album was initially made available by the digital retailer over an hour before scheduled, subsequently leaking the tracklist and more details that had been withheld by the band. As a result, it appears Radiohead have chucked Google Play in the sin bin and withdrawn their new album from the service. You can purchase the album’s two singles (‘Burn The Witch’ and ‘Daydreaming’) – but not the full album, so hang tight if you need to purchase it from there.
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The album is available to purchase from the band’s official site as well as the option to order physical albums, too. There’s CDs, LPs and even a £60 special boxset including original master tapes from anywhere going back to the ‘Kid A’ era which the band are giving to fans alongside the album in the bundle. You can also purchase a digital version of the album from the site amoonshapedpool.com.
‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ is available to stream on Tidal as of right now alongside almost all of their previous work (No ‘In Rainbows’, sad times).
Their entire discography is available to stream in full on Apple Music.
Well this is a bit awkward, it seems like Spotify has been deliberately shunned by the band, with new album ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ nowhere to be seen. This isn’t that surprising though, Thom Yorke has been vocal with his feelings toward the streaming service, previously calling it “the last desperate fart of a dying corpse”. Spotify have since responded to the album’s absence in a statement: “Radiohead’s new singles ‘Burn the Witch’ and ‘Daydreaming’ are already available on Spotify, and we look forward to making the rest of ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ available on Spotify as soon as we can.”
Upon its release, BBC 6 Music played the album in full with DJs and listeners invited to join the party and give their two-cents to the new tunes. You can listen to the album via BBC iPlayer through this link.
What have the band said about the album?
“We’ve certainly changed our method again,” Jonny Greenwood said last year. “It’s too involved [to explain how]. We’re kind of limiting ourselves; working in limits. So we’ll see what happens. It’s like we’re trying to use very old and very new technology together to see what happens.” Drummer Phillip Selway has confessed to being baffled, mind: “I have absolutely no idea [what it’ll be like,” he told NME, “that’s what keeps us there until the end.”
Where can I see Radiohead live in 2016?
With the album expected to drop before a world tour, you should be able to mumble along with the new album songs at the following shows, toutbots permitting:
May 20-21 Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam (Sold Out)
May 23-24 Zenith, Paris (Sold Out)
May 26-28 Roundhouse, London (Sold Out)
June 1 Les Nuits Des Fourvieres, Lyon (on sale March 30 )
June 3 Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona (Sold Out)
June 17 Secret Solstice Festival, Reykjavik
July 2 OpenAir St. Gallen, St. Gallen
July 8 NOS Alive Fest, Lisbon
July 26-27 Madison Square Garden, New York City (Sold Out)
July 29 – 31 Osheaga Music and Arts Festival, Montreal
August 4 & 8 Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles (Sold Out)
August 20 Summer Sonic Festival, Osaka
August 21 Summer Sonic Festival, Tokyo
September 11 Lollapalooza, Berlin
October 3-4 Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City (Sold Out)
Will they be playing Glastonbury Festival?
The three Glastonbury headliners have been announced as Adele, Coldplay and Muse. We can’t see them taking anything other than the main slot but are they really not going to include a single UK festival in their summer tour dates? Watch this space.