Only a few days after we broke the news that Thom Yorke would be releasing a surprise twelve-inch, the Radiohead front-man has confirmed the release. Today, Yorke posted an update, saying he will indeed release the single "FeelingPulledApartByHorses"/"The Hollow Earth" later this month.
Dear Sir or Madam
This is to inform you of the release of two more bits of work shortly. They are loosely under the Thom Yorke name this time, although these days its all getting kind of blurry.
FeelingPulledApartbyHorses is written & played by Jonny and I and is a radical rework of an old tune thats been kicking around without a home since 2001? i think. The Hollow Earth is a bass menace that was born out of the Eraser period but needed a little more time.
Both were produced by Nigel Godrich as ever. And mastered by Bob Ludwig. They are being put out on 12" with sliced sleeve by Stanley and Tchock. My sources tell me this will be available from the 21st of September if you're interested... On sale in the w.a.s.t.e part of our website (with a gratis download.)
Or you can go buy it in a good record shop if you are lucky enough to have one near you.
Then later on there will be like a normal download thing i think around the 6th of Oct through the usual channels.
As you can see from the post, Yorke doesn't say how limited this release is but our sources at Sonic Unyon, who are distributing the release in Canada, initially said 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. However, these numbers might not include web sales. Regardless, if you want a copy, it's wise to pre-order one now.
Also, Yorke makes no mention if either of these tracks appear on the upcoming New Moon soundtrack, so that whole thing is still anyone's guess.
In some related news, Yorke will be contributing to the upcoming eco flick The Age of Stupid and doing an acoustic performance for the premiere on September 21. It will reportedly be a track from In Rainbows.
UPDATE: According Billboard's sources, Yorke is considering some live dates before the year is up, and may tour with a band other than Radiohead. While this would mark a first for Yorke, the details have yet to be confirmed.