Thom Yorke’s Cryptic Vinyl Photo Stokes Radiohead Speculation

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 09.22.14 in News

When Thom Yorke DJs, he generally makes it worthwhile to go and look up what he played. Over the weekend, that Easter egg hunt took place in a slightly different way, on a global scale. Thom Yorke tweeted a link to a Tumblr post featuring a cryptic photo of a white vinyl record, leaving listeners to guess at the contents.

A record sleeve in the background has artwork that looks to be by longtime Yorke and Radiohead visual collaborator Stanley Donwood, as Pitchfork notes. That lends credence to the idea the record might hold new Radiohead-related music. Just what, though, Yorke has not yet revealed, so it could also potentially be connected to side project Atoms for Peace, a Yorke solo album or Radiohead’s PolyFauna app. Radiohead producer and Atoms for Peace member Nigel Godrich tweeted a link to the photo, as well.

Earlier this summer, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood told BBC Radio 6′s Mary Anne Hobbs, “We’re going to start up in September, playing, rehearsing and recording and see how it’s sounding.” In June, Greenwood revealed he had taken “a year off from Radiohead.” Between his classical engagements and drummer Philip Selway‘s impending solo album (Weatherhouse, due out October 7), Radiohead fans probably shouldn’t get their hopes up too high just yet. But Yorke has just shown he can make a record an online sensation without playing a sound.

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