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Daydreaming (Radiohead song)

“Daydreaming” is a song by the English rock band Radiohead and produced by Radiohead’s longtime producer Nigel Godrich. It released as download on 6 May 2016 as the second single from their ninth studio album A Moon Shaped Pool, accompanied by a music video directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.

“Daydreaming” was written by singer Thom Yorke; the rest of the band created the final arrangement.[1] For the song’s introduction, the band slowed the tape, creating a pitch-warping effect.[1] The strings, recorded at RAK Studios in London,[2] were arranged by guitarist Jonny Greenwood and performed by the London Contemporary Orchestra, conducted by Hugh Brunt. The orchestra had previously worked with Greenwood on his score for the 2012 film The Master.[3][4] Cellist Oliver Coates said: “Nigel, Jonny and Thom all have this awesome relationship, and were so animated during the recording. I remember we were laying down the cello part at the end of ‘Daydreaming’ and Thom said, ‘That’s it – that is the sound of the record.'”[5] Greenwood had the cellists tune their cellos unusually low for the song, creating a “growling” sound.[6]

“Daydreaming” is an ambient song[7][8] with a “simple, sad” piano motif, “spooky” backmasked vocals, and electronic and orchestral elements.[9] The song ends with reversed, warped, and slowed vocals; when reversed, Yorke seems to be singing “Half of my life”, “I’ve found my love”, or “Every minute, half of my love”.[10][11] Several critics felt the lyrics were coloured by Radiohead singer Thom Yorke’s separation from his partner of 23 years.[12][13][14][15]

The “Daydreaming” music video was directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, for whom Greenwood has composed several film scores.[16] In the video, Yorke walks through a series of doors and passageways leading to various disconnected locations, including a hotel, a hospital, a laundry, and a convenience store. He eventually climbs a snowy hill, enters a cave, and mouths the song’s closing words as he lies down next to a fire.[16][17][18]

“Daydreaming” was released as a download on 6 May 2016 on Radiohead’s site and on streaming and digital media services.[19][20] Anderson and the band sent 35 mm prints of the “Daydreaming” music video to select theatres inviting them to screen it.[21] On 16 July 2016, Radiohead announced a fan competition to create a music video vignette for “Daydreaming” using an alternative version of the song with additional strings.[22]

Burn the Witch (Radiohead song)

“Burn the Witch” is a song by the English rock band Radiohead, released on 3 May 2016 as the lead single from their ninth studio album A Moon Shaped Pool (2016). The song features a string section playing col legno battuto, producing a percussive sound, arranged by Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood. It was accompanied by a stop-motion animated music video that pays homage to the 1960s British children’s television programme Camberwick Green and the 1973 British horror film The Wicker Man. The song’s lyrics and video have been interpreted as a warning against groupthink and authoritarianism.

Spectre (song)

“Spectre” is a 2015 song by English rock band Radiohead, released as a free download on the audio distribution platform SoundCloud on 25 December 2015.[1] On 13 May 2016, it was released as a B-side on the 7″ vinyl single “Burn the Witch”.[2]

“Spectre” was written for the James Bond film of the same name, but went unused; the film instead features the song “Writing’s on the Wall” by Sam Smith.[3] Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, who also composes the band’s string arrangements, said in a BBC interview that the song was rejected for being “too dark”:[4]
It wasn’t right for the film, what we did. So we thought, “Great! Then it’s ours. We can finish it how it’s meant to be and we can release it.” So that side of it was really positive, you know? But I guess there’s lots of people interested in who does it [the Bond theme]. There’s a lot riding on it and the song we did was just too dark or whatever, so that’s fine. [It] means we get to have it back and it’s ours and we got to put it out. We’re really, really proud of it.

The Daily Mail / Staircase

“The Daily Mail” and “Staircase” are songs by the English alternative rock band Radiohead. They were released as a download single on 19 December 2011 in WAV and MP3 formats.[1] Both recordings are taken from the live video The King of Limbs: Live from the Basement (2011),[2][3][4] and feature additional drummer and percussionist Clive Deamer of Get the Blessing.[5]

“The Daily Mail” was written six years before the release. When the band decided to perform the song for From the Basement, a final arrangement “came together within a week”, featuring a brass section arranged by guitarist Jonny Greenwood.[6] Radiohead worked on “Staircase” before their eighth album The King of Limbs (2011), but the song did not progress beyond the demo stages until after the album’s release.[7]

Supercollider / The Butcher

“Supercollider” and “The Butcher” are songs by the English alternative rock band Radiohead. They were released as a double A-side single on 12-inch vinyl in the UK, Europe and Japan on 16 April 2011 for Record Store Day.[2][3] The single was released on the same format in the United States and Canada on 14 June 2011. Digital masters of the tracks were released in WAV and MP3 on 18 April 2011 through the King of Limbs website to those who had ordered the album.

“The Butcher” was recorded and mixed during King of Limbs sessions, but excluded from the album as it did not fit with the other tracks. Singer Thom Yorke first performed “Supercollider” solo on 6 June 2008 at Malahide Castle, Dublin;[4] studio work on the track was started during the King of Limbs sessions and finished in March 2011, after the album’s release.[5]

Lotus Flower (song)

“Lotus Flower” is a song by the English alternative rock band Radiohead, released on their eighth studio album The King of Limbs (2011). It features singer Thom Yorke’s falsetto over syncopated beats and a “propulsive” bass line. Its music video, featuring Yorke’s erratic dancing, spawned an internet meme.

Despite not being released as a single, “Lotus Flower” charted on the UK Singles Chart, the Ultratop 50, the US Alternative Songs chart and the US Rock Songs chart. It received positive reviews and was nominated for Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, and Best Short Form Music Video at the 54th Grammy Awards.

These Are My Twisted Words

“These Are My Twisted Words” is a song by the English alternative rock band Radiohead. It was leaked via BitTorrent on 12 August 2009, possibly by the band, and officially released on 17 August as a free download from the Radiohead website.

Matthew Schnipper of the Fader described “These Are My Twisted Words” as a “simple song” with “a plodding, stubborn forward spirit”.[1] It opens with a motorik beat[2] from drummer Phil Selway before Thom Yorke’s vocal enters.[1] Daniel Kreps of Rolling Stone noted a krautrock influence, likening the song to the In Rainbows track “Weird Fishes / Arpeggi”.[3]

On 12 August 2009, the song was leaked via BitTorrent.[4] A text file included in the torrent file contained ASCII art, a cryptic poem and a reference to a release date of 17 August.[5] Commentators including the Guardian and Rolling Stone speculated that Radiohead leaked the song themselves following the unconventional pay-what-you-want release of their seventh album In Rainbows (2007).[4][3]

On 17 August 2009, guitarist Jonny Greenwood announced on Radiohead’s blog that “These Are My Twisted Words” was available as a free download from the Radiohead site or via a torrent hosted by Mininova.[6] The download included several pieces of artwork by Yorke and longtime Radiohead collaborator Stanley Donwood, with the suggestion to print it on tracing paper and put “in an order that pleases you.”[6]

Harry Patch (In Memory Of)

“Harry Patch (In Memory Of)” is a song by the English alternative rock band Radiohead. The band wrote and recorded the song as a tribute to the British supercentenarian Harry Patch, the last surviving soldier to have fought in the trenches during World War I. The song was self-released on 5 August 2009 as a downloadable single and sold for £1 from the band’s website, with all proceeds donated to The Royal British Legion.

Recorded in an abbey shortly after Patch’s death, the song consists of Thom Yorke’s singing and a string arrangement composed by Jonny Greenwood, absent of Radiohead’s typical mix of rock and electronic instrumentation. The lyrics are from the perspective of a soldier in the First World War, and include modifications of quotations from Patch. While reception to the song was generally positive, with many critics praising the song’s message, others panned the song as overly sombre. The Patch family voiced their approval of the song’s message and the band’s charitable use of the proceeds.

Jigsaw Falling into Place

“Jigsaw Falling into Place” is a song by the English rock band Radiohead, released as the lead single from their seventh studio album In Rainbows (2007) on 14 January 2008.[1][2]

The song had the working title “Open Pick” when it was performed during Radiohead’s 2006 tour.[3]

The track reached #30 in the UK singles chart on its first week of release, their lowest ranking chart entry since “Lucky” in 1995. However, “Jigsaw” was the first Radiohead single since the band’s inception not to be released through EMI-controlled Parlophone, their former major record label. The single was instead released in the UK by independent label XL Records.
The song spent several weeks as one of the 100-most-played songs on US modern rock radio, peaking at #69,[4] receiving more support than any other In Rainbows song with the exception of “Bodysnatchers”, which hit #8 on the Billboard Modern Rock Chart,[5] and House of Cards which peaked at #48.[6]

Time magazine named “Jigsaw Falling Into Place” the fifth best songs of 2007. Writer Josh Tyrangiel praised the song’s “tightness” whose rise in intensity he likened to a three-act play, and described the song as “a journey through flirtation, consummation and regret [that] gets about as close as you can to summing up a doomed relationship in four minutes.”[7][8] Mike Diver of Drowned in Sound described the track as a “bass-propelled pop-rock head-bobber, easy enough on the ear for indirect consumption.”[9] Clash wrote: “It’s good but like the much-hyped In Rainbows album, musically it’s (relatively) unadventurous.”[10]

House of Cards (Radiohead song)

“House of Cards” is a song by English rock band Radiohead from their seventh studio album In Rainbows (2007). The song was serviced to American modern rock radio on April 6, 2008 as the third single from the album. It was initially released promotionally alongside “Bodysnatchers” in the United Kingdom. The music video for “House of Cards”, directed by James Frost, was produced using lidar technology and released in June 2008.

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