As Radiohead fans know, the band aren't so keen on putting out full-length albums right now. In the last month alone, we've seen the release of one-off tracks "Harry Patch (In Memory Of)" and "These Are My Twisted Words," as well as word that Thom Yorke will be releasing a seven-inch of his Mark Mulcahy cover "All for the Best." Well, apparently this piecemeal output is going to continue next month when Yorke releases a super-limited twelve-inch featuring two new solo joints.
Made up of the previously unreleased tracks "Apart By Horses" and "The Hollow Earth," the secretive release is coming out as a vinyl-only deal on September 22 through ATO sublabel TBD Records, who also handled the CD release of Radiohead's In Rainbows. The details at this point are scarce but our sources at Sonic Unyon, who are distributing the Yorke release in Canada, say the twelve-inch is limited to about 4,000 copies in North America, with Canada only getting a meager 300. Europe is expected to get another 4,000.
Our sources also quote the Radiohead camp as saying the twelve-inch has "really awesome packaging and artwork." Other than that, little more is known about what we can expect, art-wise. In fact, little more info has been made at all at this point about "Apart By Horses"/"The Hollow Earth," and neither Yorke nor Radiohead have breathed a word about this release so far.
Obviously, this leaves us with a lot of unanswered questions. Is this Yorke's rumoured contribution to New Moon? The track title "The Hollow Earth" sure sounds very vampire-themed, plus, with the Twilight sequel's soundtrack coming out on October 20, the timing is right. Or perhaps these new songs are part of some lager, yet-unheard-of Yorke solo album.
Regardless, it very much looks as if Radiohead are once again proving that they are masters of surprise.