Radiohead work in mysterious ways, and that was again made evident by the events of today. As Pitchfork points out, the band has apparently mailed out cryptic leaflets reading, “Sing a song of sixpence that goes/ Burn the Witch/ We know where you live,” with an embossed Radiohead logo and artwork that currently appears on the band’s Facebook and Twitter pages. “Burn the Witch” is the name of an unreleased Radiohead song dating back to the mid-2000s.
The leaflets were sent to UK-based fans who had previously purchased merchandise through the band’s website.
We reached out to representatives of the band for comment and will let you know if we hear back.
What we do know is that Radiohead are close to releasing their ninth studio album. Earlier this month, a member of the band’s management team told fans that the as-yet-untitled LP was scheduled for a June release, though those comments was later disputed by a representative of the band.
Update: As Stereogum points out, in Germanic folklore, Walpurgisnacht — or “Witches’ Night” — falls on either April 30th or May 1st. Additionally, International Dawn Chorus Day is held on the first Sunday in May, which also happens to be tomorrow, May 1st. If you recall, Radiohead recently formed two companies, Dawn Chorus LLP and Dawnchoruss LTD, in anticipation of the album’s release. Could tomorrow be the day? Stay tuned!
Radiohead are set to kick off a world tour next month.
Radiohead 2016 Tour Dates:
05/20 – Amsterdam, NL @ Heineken Music Hall
05/21 – Amsterdam, NL @ Heineken Music Hall
05/23 – Paris, FR @ Zenith
05/24 – Paris, FR @ Zenith
05/26 – London, UK @ Roundhouse
05/27 – London, UK @ Roundhouse
05/28 – London, UK @ Roundhouse
06/01 – Lyon, FR @ Nuits de Fourvière
06/03 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
06/17 – Reyjavik, IC @ Secret Solstice
07/02 – St. Gallen, CH @ OpenAir St. Gallen
07/08 – Lisbon, PT @ NOS Alive Festival
07/26 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
07/27 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
07/29 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
07/30-31 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Music Festival
08/04 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium
08/06 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Music Festival
08/08 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium
08/20-21 – Tokyo, JP @ Summer Sonic
08/20-21 – Osaka, JP @ Summer Sonic
09/11 – Berlin, DE @ Lollapalooza Berlin
10/03 – Mexico City, MX @ Palacio de los Deportes
10/04 – Mexico City, MX @ Palacio de los Deportes