Published Dec 30, 2009Thom Yorke has long been known as a socially conscious songwriter, specializing in paranoid reflections on government corruption and the absurdity of modern life.
Based on recent events, however, it seems that the Radiohead singer is no longer content to sit back and reflect on the world's problems. Instead, he has upped his political involvement, crashing the Copenhagen climate summit earlier this month.
Now, Thom Yorke is once again getting involved in a political cause, this time contributing to the soundtrack for When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun, a documentary about the Tibetan freedom movement. According to a statement by director Dirk Simon, the film aims to get past the "cliché of Tibet" and illuminate "the reality faced by Tibetans in and outside of Tibet."
Yorke's exact role in the project is unclear, but the film's website lists him as a "composer," suggesting that his contributions may be more akin to a film score than the usual four-minute rock song. In any case, the movie features an "original soundtrack," meaning that whatever Yorke has written should be brand new.
The website also reveals that singer-songwriter Damien Rice and legendary composer Philip Glass as involved in the soundtrack.
On the more cinematic side of things, the documentary features Dennis Haysbert, Richard Gere, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama.
The release date has not been revealed, but the film's Facebook page lists the world premier as "early 2010."