So it’s been 2 days since Radiohead released their ninth studio album “A Moon Shaped Pool”, coming in 5 years after their last album “King of Limbs”. Whereas the reception for “King of Limbs” was relatively low key, the sentiment and response to this latest album has been massively positive and popular. Which shows you that timing is indeed everything. And I’m sure you’ve all seen the “Burn the Witch” video (which I’ll get to later), but the one that has me in a spin is the video for their single “Daydreaming”. Lead singer Thom Yorke walks endlessly and almost invisibly through a series of doors into different rooms and places. The spaces seem familiar to Yorke, but ends with him finally resting in the most desolate, isolated place of all – a small cave on a snow covered mountain.
As soon as the song opens, you get the sense that some notes are being played in reverse, and this is confirmed when Yorke closes the song with lyrics sung in reverse. Some have speculated that he is saying “Half of my life” or “I’ve found my love” which refers to the end of Yorke’s 23 year marriage last year. Thanks to the awesome that is The Internet, someone has reversed the song and regardless of what he is saying, the beauty is that the visuals and the melody still work wonderfully. Is that what the band and director Paul Thomas Anderson intended? Probably.
And that is the understated genius of this band. They’ve been hypnotising listeners for nearly 30 years with their heartbreaking lyrics and visuals. So for your benefit, I’ve posted both versions. According to Pitchfork, the video is being played in some movie theatres, which is fitting as this film is cinematic, and the return of this iconic band deserves the biggest stage.