After teasing bits and pieces of what was assumed to be new music of some kind over the past week, the veil has been lifted to reveal a new Thom Yorke solo album… and it’s available now.
As usual, the Radiohead frontman has chosen to release his new album, titled Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, in an unconventional way: through BitTorrent. Click here to download the album now.
Thom Yorke has been particularly vocal in the past regarding the distribution of online music, specifically Spotify, going as far as to take down his Atoms for Peace project from the popular streaming service. In 2007, his band Radiohead carried out an innovative approach to releasing the album In Rainbows, opting for anyone to pay-what-you-want.
Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes serves as the proper follow up to Yorke’s 2006 solo LP, The Eraser.
Read Yorke’s Message in full:
“As an experiment we are using a new version of BitTorrent to distribute a new Thom Yorke record.
The new Torrent files have a pay gate to access a bundle of files..
The files can be anything, but in this case is an ‘album’.
It’s an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around …
If it works well it could be an effective way of handing some control of internet commerce back to people who are creating the work.
Enabling those people who make either music, video or any other kind of digital content to sell it themselves.
Bypassing the self elected gate-keepers.
If it works anyone can do this exactly as we have done.
The torrent mechanism does not require any server uploading or hosting costs or ‘cloud’ malarkey.
It’s a self-contained embeddable shop front…
The network not only carries the traffic, it also hosts the file. The file is in the network.
Oh yes and it’s called
Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes.
Thom Yorke & Nigel Godrich“