All you had to do, Radiohead fans, was hurry up and wait.
Only days after announcing the imminent arrival of new album The King of Limbs—and three-plus years since their last, 2007′s In Rainbows—England’s indie-rock godheads have returned, releasing Limbs a full day early, along with a video for first single “Lotus Flower.”
Unlike Rainbows‘ choose-your-own-adventure price, Limbs (available digitally here) is fixed at $9 for an MP3 download, $14 for the CD-quality WAV version, and $48 or $53 for corresponding versions of the so-called Newspaper Album, which includes two vinyl 10-inches, the physical disc, a full digital download, artwork, and the possibility of winning a signed two-track 12-inch—though everything but the digital download will not be shipped until May 9.
Find our full review of the album in next week’s print magazine, and in the meantime, watch the just-uploaded video for “Lotus Flower,” in which a bowler-hatted, uncharacteristically caffeinated Thom Yorke instigates a one-man dance dance revolution:
UPDATE: The album will be streaming in full today at 2pm EST on NPR; click here to listen and join a web chat with All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton.
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