Radiohead has offered a new song titled “These Are My Twisted Words” for free download through the band’s official site as well as via BitTorrent, answering many of the questions raised when the track leaked under mysterious circumstances last week. “So here’s a new song, called ‘These Are My Twisted Words,’” wrote guitarist Jonny Greenwood in a blog entry posted early this morning. “We’ve been recording for a while, and this was one of the first we finished. We’re pretty proud of it.”
In other (untwisted?) words: “These Are My Twisted Words” is definitely a real Radiohead song, and it’s definitely ready for the public to hear. (You can stream the leaked version below if you don’t feel like downloading the high-quality MP3.) A five-and-a-half-minute tune that opens with three minutes of ominous vocal-free krautrock, it’s one of the strangest things Radiohead has released in years. As a serious Radiohead fan with a taste for the weird and unconventional in music, I couldn’t be happier. But what about all those other rumors surrounding “These Are My Twisted Words”? Read more tea-leaf parsing after the jump.
Speculation had hypertrophied over the weekend as fans scrambled to decipher cryptic hints in the info text that was attached to the original leaked MP3. One popular theory held that a whole new Radiohead EP, perhaps titled Wall of Ice, would be released today. While I suppose that could technically still be a possibility, it’s seeming awfully unlikely now — especially since wallofice.com, a tantalizing URL that was registered in the midst of all the hubbub, has revealed itself as a fake. “Don’t just publish bulls— only to get hits on your webpage,” warns wallofice.com’s anonymous proprietor on the site today. “Get your facts straight.” Will do!
Nonetheless, it seems more likely than ever (to me, at least) that Radiohead was behind the leak of “These Are My Twisted Words” last week. The ASCII art that accompanied the leak looks suspiciously like the 15-page tracing-paper PDF booklet that comes with the official MP3 currently being given away by the band. And who else but the band would have had access to what is evidently a one-off song that Radiohead was preparing to offer directly through its own site? Radiohead’s reps haven’t replied to my request for clarification on the source of last week’s leak.
In any case, we Radiohead fans have lots to be happy about today, even without the Wall of Ice EP that we appear to have imagined in our wishful excitement. Greenwood’s blog post continued: “There’s other stuff in various states of completion, but ['These Are My Twisted Words'] is one we’ve been practicing, and which we’ll probably play at this summer’s concerts. Hope you like it.” Speaking for myself here, I like it very much — and I like the implication that we might get to hear “other stuff” in the near-ish future even more!
What do you think, my fellow Radiohead junkies? Is “These Are My Twisted Words” not truly awesome? Do you think the band leaked it last week, or are they just playing catch-up? And what do you hope they have in store for us in the weeks and months to come?
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