We are edging very slowly toward the release of some new songs by Radiohead, although Colin Greenwood has opened up speculation as to how they will be be put out into the world. The bass player wrote an essay for the Index on Censorship website, where he also explained the thinking behind the pay-what-you-wish release of In Rainbows (yes, people are really still asking him about that).
Of greater interest are Greenwood’s words about the band’s new recordings. “We have just finished another group of songs,” he wrote. “And have begun to wonder about how to release them in a digital landscape that has changed again. It seems to have become harder to own music in the traditional way, on a physical object like a CD, and instead music appears the poor cousin of software, streamed or locked into a portable device like a phone or iPod.”
Greenwood also mused on changes in the music industry. “I miss the editorialisation of music, the curatorial influences of people like John Peel or a good record label,” he said. “I liked being on a record label that had us on it, along with Blur, Beastie Boys and The Beatles.” So no concrete news on when those new songs will be released, but just another tidbit on the road to that follow-up to In Rainbows.
[via Index on Censorship]