Only days after withdrawing their Atoms for Peace catalogue from Spotify, Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich completed their secession from the music steaming service by throwing their lot into new music platform Soundhalo. The supergroup will stream two live shows on the fledgling U.K. start up on July 25 and 26.
Today's events continue the pair's collaborative flipping of the bird toward the steaming giant. Atoms for Peace member and Radiohead producer Godrich was rampant on Twitter on Sunday and Monday, condemning Spotify as “an equation that doesn’t work”, that sees small labels and new musicians losing out financially to the streaming service. Frequent collaborator and Radiohead frontman, Yorke later chimed in, tweeting, “We’re standing up for our fellow musicians… New artists get paid fuck all with this model." Their protest has caused quite a stir, some slamming it as small and insignificant, while others praising the Atoms for Peace members for speaking up for the underdog.
Spotify themselves have been eager to note that their music service has helped minimize the cancer of music piracy and that they “help artists connect with their fans, find new audiences, grow their fan base and make a living from the music we all love.”
Godrich and Yorke’s move will allow fans to download and play Atoms for Peace live tracks and videos through Soundhalo’s website and its apps for smartphones. Godrich explained the move to The Independent: “"I found myself wondering why, whenever you go to a gig, the next day there are a million shaky, horrible-sounding YouTube videos already online," Godrich told the paper. "But you go and look because you want to see something of your experience. Soundhalo provides something really functional — an experience that you want to remember in front of you as soon as the concert has happened."
It seems as though Spotify has fewer and fewer friends lately as the Godrich-Yorke move is but the latest in a litany of snubs toward the music steaming service. The Black Keys’ El Camino isn’t available on Spotify, with drummer Patrick Carney describing it as “unfeasible”. Alt-country star Jason Isbell called Spotify “evil” in a May interview with the New York Times, while Grizzly Bear compared the music service as being helpful to musicians as the now defunct (and in some quarters much missed) pirate site Limewire.