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Radiohead release new single “Burn the Witch” and claymation video

on May 03, 2016, 11:03am

 

Radiohead have released a new single called “Burn the Witch”. Though lush and orchestral in arrangement, the song seems to harbor more sinister undertones. “This is a low-flying panic attack,” frontman Thom Yorke can be heard cautioning in his signature otherworldly croon.

The track is accompanied by a claymation video directed by Chris Hopewell, which, much like the music, plays with perception and illusion. In the eerie clip, a man is given a tour of what appears to be a picture-perfect town, a “Model Village.” But it’s not long before he sees the place for what it really is. Here, men strap women to trees as part of strange, and possibly violent, rituals; a colorful bed of flowers is cultivated to decorate gallows; and locals harvest fruit in large quantities in order to satiate their alcoholic tendencies. It all culminates in an ending that pays homage to 1973’s The Wicker Man.

Update: According to Hopewell, the video was  “conceived, designed, built and animated in 14 days, we finished last Thursday.”

Presumably, “Burn the Witch” serves as the first preview of Radiohead’s long-awaited ninth studio album. The song will be available on all digital platforms beginning tomorrow, May 4th. Find the single’s artwork below.

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Check out behind the scenes photos from the video’s shoot:

Radiohead will kick off a world tour later this 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

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