Radiohead's newest song, "These Are My Twisted Words", was released by the band earlier this week on their website. The song was leaked last week and it created quite a ruckus among Radiohead fans. It seems that the events surrounding the release have gained more attention than the actual song, which is a shame, because it's great.
I was on the fence about this song after the first few listens. Radiohead is a band that released the most challenging album to ever reach #1 in the US and UK with Kid A, so it's not surprising that I didn't love the song immediately. Although it took awhile it to sink in, I couldn't turn my iPod off repeat once it did. Swirling guitars play off each other as Phil Selway's fast paced drumming is heard in the background. The song evokes a very dark and moody atmosphere, and Thom Yorke doesn't even start singing until about two and a half minutes into the song. Once he does, his echoing vocals add another great layer to the song.
It's nearly been two years since Radiohead's last album, In Rainbows, so any new material is welcome. It's just especially pleasing to hear that the band still has the ability to make darker, complex music after the fairly laid back In Rainbows. The track is available to download for free on the band's website, so anyone who's curious should definitely check it out. Plus, it comes with some cool artwork that's meant to be printed on tracing paper and put "in an order that pleases you."
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