The new Radiohead song from director Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming Inherent Vice turns out also to be a new Joanna Newsom spoken-word track. The movie opens in theaters on December 12, but a couple of months ago came early reports of the film’s credits listing an unreleased Radiohead song called “Spooks.” The band’s guitarist Jonny Greenwood, who scored the film, clarified that defunct post-Britpop heroes Supergrass, not Radiohead, would be performing on the track.
Now it’s here, with Greenwood along with ex-Supergrass members Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey listed as the artists and Newsom as the featured guest. Joining Greenwood in the songwriting credits are Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood, Ed O’Brien, Philip Selway and Thom Yorke, making this the first new Radiohead composition released since the singles off of 2011′s The KIng of Limbs: Live from the Basement. The original version of “Spooks” That Radiohead played live on a 2006 tour had a twinge of surf or spy music to it, and that’s still present here. Newsom, who narrates the movie and its two trailers, also fills that role here, “like a bad luck planet in today’s horoscope.”