Artist Stanley Donwood has been collaborating with Radiohead on all of their album and poster artwork since the single release of "My Iron Lung" in 1994 — and the illustrator has now confirmed that he has heard the band's upcoming album.
Speaking to DIY Mag, Donwood described the forthcoming record as "a work of art." And while that bodes well for the highly anticipated new material, Donwood also noted that the album is "not yet" finished.
He also said that the artwork for the latest musical offering is his favourite to date, revealing that it "was made by the strong warm winds of southern France." As has previously been the case, Donwood has been creating his artwork alongside the band in the recording studio, noting "there's quite a lot I still have to do."
Rumours have been swirling about the release of the latest Radiohead record since the band launched a new publishing company called Dawn Chorus LLP back in October. Prior to the arrival of In Rainbows and The King of Limbs, Radiohead launched Xurbia Xendless Ltd. and Ticker Tape Ltd. for the albums' respective releases. In both instances, the companies proceeded the albums by about three months.
UPDATE (3/21, 11 a.m.): As pointed out by Consequence of Sound, Radiohead have registered a new company called Dawnnchoruss Ltd., listing the five band members as its officers. It is presumed that the aforementioned Dawn Chorus LLP was established to handle the roll out of the band's upcoming tour, while Dawnnchoruss Ltd. will deal with the album release.
No firm details have been unveiled about the forthcoming LP, and Donwood's remarks imply that eager fans will have to wait a little bit longer still, though Radiohead's headlining slot at Primavera Sound Festival in Spain on June 3 has been billed as a presentation of the new record. The band will also be making a Canadian appearance this summer, headlining Osheaga in Montreal before they head out on a world tour.
While we continue to play the waiting game, have another listen to Radiohead's recently unearthed rejected James Bond theme in the player below.