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New Radiohead EP Release Today? [Update: Just a Single Release]

Written by Daniel Clarke on August 17, 2009

No EP, just a single release! Still pretty cool anyway——

Last week we reported on the possible leak of a new Radiohead song. It seems now that the song, These Are My Twisted Words, might be the lead single from a new Radiohead EP, due for release some time this week.

The Guardian reports that the nature of the initial release has had Internet sleuths scrambling for further information:

“Here is what is known: These Are My Twisted Words first appeared via the filesharing website What.cd.

The file was called “01 radiohead these are my twisted words (advance) 2009 woi.mp3”. It was the first post from a user called “crza”, offering an MP3 and “info” file, typical of pirated music leaks. crza has been a member of What.cd for just under a year and a half. His previously downloads include Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion, Eddie Kendricks’s People … Hold On, and plug-ins for the post-production software Shake. crza changed his privacy settings shortly before uploading the song, making it hard to learn more about him.

The “info” file is just text, formatted to contain a picture. You can view it here. Like most info files, crza’s version includes technical information on the song – its length, file size and quality. Unlike most info files, it also includes an inscrutable poem.

The poem reads as follows:

i just wanted to reassure readers

that following representations

seeking confirmation

that before your very eyes

behind the wall of ice

that the box is not under threat

however they are set to remove

other boxes

in fact i have the list in front of me

i went to a briefing on their plans

and challenged them to tell me

exactly what the cost would be

they spoke in broad terms

The info file – and the song’s original filename – have references to a mysterious “Wall of Ice” or “WOI”. Though this could be the name of a release group that stole and leaked the track, no group with that name seems to have acted before. Some Radiohead fans have suggested that Wall of Ice is the name of a forthcoming Radiohead EP – possibly due on 17 August, the “release date” listed in the info file. They point to Thom Yorke’s recent interview with The Believer magazine, where besides criticising CDs and proposing that Radiohead forego the album format, Yorke also said that the band had a “good plan” for releasing new singles and EPs. “We’ve got this great idea for putting things out,” he said, “but I can’t tell you what it is, because someone will rip it off.”

If we are to see a new release today Music Feeds hasn’t heard about it yet, but due to the time difference with our Northern neighbours we’re still optimistic we might hear something later on. Stay tuned…

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