To the chagrin of music critics and Radiohead fans everywhere Thom Yorke has revealed that a forthcoming Radiohead album will be unlikely as “it’ll kill us”. Wait who am I kidding? Music critics and Radiohead fans are one and the same. Have you ever seen a music critic and Radiohead fan at the same place at the same time? No. It’s like a Superman/Clark Kent scenario where every time a music critic goes to the bathroom a Radiohead fan comes out. Then later a Radiohead fan goes to the bathroom and a music critic comes out. Repeat ad infinitum. You get it.
In the interview taken from The Believer Yorke revealed the following:
“None of us want to go into that creative hoo-ha of a long-play record again,” he said. “Not straight off … It worked with In Rainbows because we had a real fixed idea about where we were going. But we’ve all said that we can’t possibly dive into that again. It’ll kill us.”
The problem isn’t the format – “obviously, there’s still something great about the album,” Yorke said – but with the scale and consistency of vision that is required. “In Rainbows was a particular aesthetic and I can’t bear the idea of doing that again. Not that it’s not good, I just can’t … bear … that.”
No new Radiohead album? I just can’t … bear … that.