UPDATE: NME reports that 34,900 people downloaded Yorke’s new solo album within two hours of its release.
Thom Yorke‘s recent teases have borne fruit in the form of a new album. The Radiohead frontman today released Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, his first solo album since 2006′s The Eraser, and shared a free download of the fidgety, electronic-based track “A Brain in a Bottle” along with its video. The eight-song set is available via BitTorrent for $6, or as a deluxe vinyl edition for £30 (about $49) here.
“It’s an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around,” Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich write in an announcement. “If it works well it could be an effective way of handing some control of internet commerce back to people who are creating the work.”
Yorke spurred speculation recently by sharing a cryptic image of a white vinyl record. Then he posted archival material from the Radiohead studio. It looks like fans will have to wait for a follow-up 2011′s The King of Limbs, but credit Yorke —whose band shook up the industry with 2007′s pay-what-you-like release, In Rainbows —for finding new ways to surprise in an era of U2 automatic downloads, Aphex Twin Deep Web links and, well, Beyoncé. Other artists, including Public Enemy, Willis Earl Beal and Skrillex’s OWSLA label (Hundred Waters), have released music through BitTorrent, but never quite as dramatically as this.
Check out “A Brain in a Bottle” Below,” where you can also buy the new Yorke solo album, and scroll down for the tracklist and full note from Yorke and Godrich.
Thom Yorke, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes
1. A Brain In A Bottle
2. Guess Again!
4. The Mother Lode
5. Truth Ray
6. There Is No Ice (For My Drink)
7. Pink Section
8. Nose Grows Some
A MESSAGE FROM THOM YORKE AND NIGEL GODRICH
As an experiment we are using a new version of BitTorrent to distribute a new Thom Yorke record.
The new Torrent files have a pay gate to access a bundle of files..
The files can be anything, but in this case is an ‘album’.
It’s an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around …
If it works well it could be an effective way of handing some control of internet commerce back to people who are creating the work.
Enabling those people who make either music, video or any other kind of digital content to sell it themselves.
Bypassing the self elected gate-keepers.
If it works anyone can do this exactly as we have done.
The torrent mechanism does not require any server uploading or hosting costs or ‘cloud’ malarkey.
It’s a self-contained embeddable shop front…
The network not only carries the traffic, it also hosts the file. The file is in the network.
Oh yes and it’s called
Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes.
Thom Yorke & Nigel Godrich